A great part of the civilized world is at war. The source material of foreign origin published in 1939 is indeed meager. Surveying that which is available, one is struck with the absence of intellectual efforts to study definite phases of pending otologic problems. Contributions to the literature within the limits of my topics seem mostly concerned with case reports. The writers content themselves with recording observations without particular reference to their significance as influencing previously held concepts, nor is there much effort observable to establish newer concepts. It may be stated that the catastrophe which is afflicting humanity has considerably dampened scientific inquiry and study. Obviously lacking the necessary environmental serenity for thinking medical problems through, observers record "findings," leaving correlation and deduction from them to some one else, working in a happier time. That men of science are mentally preoccupied with the political fate of their countries must
KOPETZKY SJ. PURULENT OTITIS MEDIA, MASTOIDITIS, SINUS THROMBOSIS AND SUPPURATION OF THE PETROUS PYRAMID. Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;32(5):962–993. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660020969017
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