The interest of my associates and myself in the subject of intestinal intoxication in infants was first aroused by the statement of various writers that a definite causal relationship exists between this condition and the clinical and pathologic findings in the middle ear and mastoid antrum, the latter being the primary factor. From the start, we were opposed to the view expressed that the otologist should disregard the otologic findings and be guided by the pediatrist in deciding for or against operative intervention. We were reluctant to accept without further substantiation the statement of a number of otologists that the indications for operative intervention could be determined in each instance by definite findings in the ear. In other words, we were rather skeptical that a clinical entity had been established, and that there existed definite reasons for operation on these desperately ill infants.
These little patients were admitted to the
MAYBAUM JL. OTOLOGIC OBSERVATIONS IN CASES OF INTESTINAL INTOXICATION IN INFANTS. Arch Otolaryngol. 1932;15(3):418–425. doi:10.1001/archotol.1932.03570030436008
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