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January 1967

External Otitis: Diagnosis and Treatment.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;85(1):119. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760040121029

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External otitis is frequently misdiagnosed and mistreated, either because the otologist is not a dermatologist or vice versa, or the managing doctor is neither. This monograph was not written to create a two-in-one specialist, but rather to establish a common clinical understanding of external otitis for the medical student, intern, resident, general practitioner, dermatologist, and otologist.

The text is divided into five parts, part one being basic. Investigative information is given in part two which covers pH, bacteriology, mycology, and histopathology. It includes some excellent original research on the histopathology of external otitis. A gross and histopathologic color atlas makes up part three which has marked advantages over black and white. Some of the color plates could be improved, either in the initial photography or in the publisher's reproduction which would give added value to the section. Clinical diagnosis and treatment are logically presented together in part four, while pathogenesis

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