Through the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, I collected some data on the bacteriology of acute infections of the middle ear and mastoid from 300 cases referred for myringotomy from the clinics of Dr. Duel, Dr. Fowler and Dr. Haskin and from my own clinic. As these findings differ from those heretofore reported by others, I feel that a description of how they were obtained is called for.
METHOD OF STUDY
Only cases of acute infection of the middle ear in which myringotomy was indicated are included in this series. The duration of the infection in the whole group varied from a few hours to three weeks, the average being seven days. The age of the patients varied from 3 months to 63 years, the average age being 17 years. At the time of the myringotomy the rectal temperature varied from normal to 104 F. with an average of
PAGE JR. BACTERIOLOGY OF ACUTE INFECTIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAR AND MASTOID. Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;20(4):447–451. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03600040003001
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