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August 1945


Arch Otolaryngol. 1945;42(2):123-130. doi:10.1001/archotol.1945.00680040159005

The frequency and the severity of otitis externa determine its economic importance. The present report concerns a group of 90 patients who were observed in a tropical climate and treated until they were well. They were all males aged from 17 to 43 and included 76 men of the United States Navy, 2 English sailors, 1 Dutch sailor and 3 natives. There were a number of others who could not be kept under observation until cured. In a period of six months there were well over 150 persons with otitis externa in this community. In a previous station of roughly twice this population on the northeastern seaboard of the United States I observed about 15 patients with this condition for a period of six months. Naturally, the physician and the patients in these two localities view this disease with different conceptions of its importance.

The etiology of otitis externa is