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January 1938


Arch Otolaryngol. 1938;27(1):1-34. doi:10.1001/archotol.1938.00650030008001

"Through every rift of discovery some seeming anomaly drops out of the darkness."—From Chapin's "Living Words."

Were the anomalies so frequently encountered in the anatomic structure of the area of the lateral sinus but "seeming" anomalies and were the symptoms and pathologic conditions resulting from infection of the temporal bone less variable, the old diversity of opinion as to the character and treatment of thrombosis in this area would not still persist.

Hunter,1 in the eighteenth century, philosophically accepted nature's deviations from rule, type or form with the assurance that she still retains her fundamental regularity: "Nature is always uniform in her operations, and, when she deviates, is still regular in her deviations."

This version of the law of compensation obviously explains why when one lateral sinus, for example, is absent or greatly reduced in size the other sinus is found on exposure to be proportionately enlarged. Compensatory circulation through