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June 1958

The Human Ear Canal.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;67(6):770. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730010786015

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Specialization has reached a high degree to be sure, but one may be amazed to find a scientific study of the external ear only. This is so likely to have short shrift in "the literature" devoted to general diseases. It is said that of all aural conditions which are seen by the general practitioner, some 80% are external. To him they may seem trivial, but to the patient they are vexatious, especially where pain is severe. To the patient any pain in or around the ear always brings up the word "mastoiditis," which is greatly feared. In these latter days one sees few infections in the mastoid which require surgery. The antibiotics have taken care of a surprising number, but without surgery the hearing may be seriously affected. Differential diagnosis is of prime importance.

This monograph of some 116 pages deals with the scientific approach, that is, with the anatomy

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