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April 1939


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Arch Otolaryngol. 1939;29(4):716-719. doi:10.1001/archotol.1939.00650050764015

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The advent of sulfanilamide has considerably improved the prognosis for many types of streptococcic infection. With otogenic meningitis due to this organism, for example, the mortality previously approached 100 per cent, whereas in the past year approximately 40 recoveries have been reported, either formally or informally. In the belief that all recoveries following the use of sulfanilamide should be reported, the following record is given.

REPORT OF A CASE  W. J. F., a white boy aged 6 years, was admitted to St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital on Jan. 11, 1938, in a comatose delirium. The parents stated that the boy had contracted an acute cold five weeks previously and the next day complained of pain in the left ear. Three days later discharge from the ear was noted, which had continued uninterruptedly ever since. Further symptoms did not appear until about a week prior to admission, when the patient began

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