The literature available this year has a distinct trend toward clinical reports. Of course, one finds the usual case reports stressing some peculiarity of a case. Critically analyzed they present no marked deviation from the usual ones. They rarely merit even the term "atypical," and often they present no new point of view.
A considerable and marked improvement in the literature might result were editorial prerogative exercised more judiciously and the amount of publications reduced. This would cause the disappearance from the journals of many articles whose raison d'être is obscure, and would give a positive result in improving the quality of the publications.
PROBLEMS CONCERNED WITH ACUTE LESIONS
Meltzer,1 after observations continued over a period of twelve years, and basing his conclusions on many hundreds of dissections and findings at operation on the mastoid process, contends that the mastoid cells, when present, are arranged in a systematic manner,
KOPETZKY SJ. ACUTE AND CHRONIC OTITIS MEDIA, SINUS THROMBOSIS AND PETROSAL PYRAMID SUPPURATION. Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;20(3):396–421. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03600030101009
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