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December 1949


Arch Otolaryngol. 1949;50(6):716-723. doi:10.1001/archotol.1949.00700010731005

DURING the time that penicillin was first being used in the treatment of practically any and all types of infections, it was felt that it would be desirable to determine exactly what might be expected from the sole use of this new antibiotic agent in the treatment of chronic otitis media. After the initial experimental stages had given a fairly accurate estimate of the value of the drug against the various acute infectious diseases, it was pretty generally agreed among otologists that penicillin was a substance of real merit in the treatment of acute otitis media and its many complications. This is now an established fact.

The management of the chronically discharging ear has varied greatly over the years. Experience with a succession of nonsurgical methods has been inconsistent and left much to be desired in the way of end results. Although it was realized that the conditions which obtain

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