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February 1933


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Arch Otolaryngol. 1933;17(2):235-242. doi:10.1001/archotol.1933.03570050222009

The object of this writing is to present and to discuss the aural complications in patients with scarlet fever occurring during the years from 1922 to 1929, inclusive, at the Philadelphia Hospital for Contagious Diseases. The discussion will have reference to the recorded literature on the general subject of otitis media in scarlet fever.

It seems essential to the just evaluation of the following data to understand at the outset that the Philadelphia Hospital for Contagious Diseases is a municipally owned institution, and that the overwhelming bulk of the patients admitted there are received from the less well-to-do and laboring class of people. The patients, therefore, on admission often have suffered from inadequate medical and hygienic care and improper, if not insufficient, nourishment.

During these eight years, 14,733 patients suffering from scarlet fever were admitted to the hospital. In 1,535, or 10.8 per cent, suppurative otitis media developed. This

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