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October 1932

Progress in Otolaryngology: Summaries of the Bibliographic Material Available in the Field of Otolaryngology: ACUTE AND CHRONIC OTITIS MEDIA AND SINUS THROMBOSIS

Author Affiliations

From the Oto-Laryngological Department of Beth Israel Hospital.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1932;16(4):575-583. doi:10.1001/archotol.1932.00630040587015

The 1931 literature on acute and chronic otitis media and sinus thrombosis is striking only in its paucity of significant material. There are many articles on various phases of acute and chronic suppuration, but no new data throwing light on moot questions. Mostly, the literature contained old stories retold, with slightly varying themes.


The distribution of the reticulo-endothelial elements in the mucous membrane of the ears engaged the attention of Russi,1 who made histologic studies of the ears of guinea-pigs, staining them intra vitam with trypan blue. There was seen to be a rich distribution of these elements in the connective tissue under the skin of the external auditory canal and the submucosal connective tissue of the auricle. The amount of reticular epithelium in the subepithelial connective tissue of the middle ear was scant. In the inner ear, the development of this system was marked