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June 1987


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Woodbury, NY

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(6):669-670. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860060095026

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To the Editor.—I am a retired ear, nose, and throat specialist of the old school (1926). I now limit my leisure time to the welfare of the hard-of-hearing. In otitis media catarrhalis, the practice of implanting the grommet in the middle ear to drain fluid should be reevaluated, for it raises some disturbing questions. The symptoms, not the cause, are being treated. The ossicles are apt to be irritated, eventually causing hearing problems that may result in lawsuits. It is true that in the 1930s, tonsillectomies were performed too frequently. It is still my belief that removal of the adenoids to ventilate the nasal passages is the method of choice. I found it so in my practice.

Editorial Comment.—One of the pleasures of an editor is the variety of perspectives represented in the correspondence that arrives each week. Dr Louis Pitman is one of our most frequent correspondents,

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