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August 1934


Author Affiliations

Otologist to Mount Sinai Hospital; Adjunct Otologist to Mount Sinai Hospital NEW YORK

Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;20(2):139-151. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03600020003001

No comprehensive discussion of any phase of labyrinthitis should be undertaken without at least mentioning the contributions of such pioneers as Duverney,1 who in 1684 described pus in the middle ear, vestibule, semicircular canals and cochlea; of Leschevin,2 who fifty years later noted caries of the labyrinth and superior surface of the petrous pyramid, that went on to meningitis; of Morgagni,3 who described suppuration in the tympanum with caries of the facial canal and the semicircular canals and a collection of pus between the dura and the posterior surface of the petrous pyramid, and of Itard,4 who first noted the association of vertigo and vomiting with aural disease. In 1827 Saissy5 reported two cases in which he found pus in the inner ear. In these earliest communications we have the foundation for both the pathology and symptomatology of labyrinthine infections; a foundation on which the

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