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April 1937


Arch Otolaryngol. 1937;25(4):455-464. doi:10.1001/archotol.1937.00650010509010

Meningitis of otitic origin is usually a fatal disease. It is likely to become a preventable disease in due time. It taxes the mental faculties and the physical energies of all concerned in the care of the patient.

Those who have the responsibility of caring for patients with otitic meningitis and those who have the opportunity to observe the course of the disease need not be reminded of the state of utter helplessness in which the physician finds himself as he endeavors to save the patient's life or of the despondency which seizes him as each new and promising line of attack eventually fails. However, it behooves all physicians to evaluate again their working knowledge of otitic infections and their complications.

The lesion in meningitis of otitic origin is a variable one. A satisfactory statement regarding the lesion was made by Watkyn-Thomas,1 who said: "When we speak of 'meningitis of

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