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March 1958

Diseases of the External Ear.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;67(3):383-384. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730010391021

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It is a truism often heard that medicine has now reached a high degree of specialization. But how high is evidenced only by taking up a book like Senturia's, in which we find some 340 names of authors who have written articles dealing with the external ear. A cursory look at the "subject index" discloses some 420 items, from Abscesses to Zinc Stearate! The gamut runs from injuries, through tumors, diseases, and malformations. In other days we used to be satisfied with a diagnosis of a wet ear, a dry ear or cerumen. Eczema covered a multitude of conditions which were not eczematous at all. Furunculosis and external otitis were sufficient descriptive conditions.... Senturia and his associates have worked in the biology, chemistry, and endocrinology fields in tracking down "causes," and they admit that all may not as yet have been determined. We used to think that fungi had a

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