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December 1958

Diseases of the External Ear.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1958;96(6):755. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1958.02060060757025

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At first glance this might seem to be a very large book about a very small subject. However, external otitis is a very common condition which in the past has not always been well managed because the causation and treatment have been extremely controversial. This remarkable book is an outstanding example of the application of scientific method to the solution of a medical problem.

The arrangement of the volume proceeds in a regular manner from a review of the pertinent literature through a consideration of the anatomy and physiology of the external ear, the bacteriology of external otitis, and reports of well-planned animal experiments to a therapeutic attack on the problems based on the investigative findings.

The treatments the author suggests therefore are logical and have proved effective, although he shows some tendency to be arbitrary and didactic in his judgments. This book can be recommended with qualification to anyone

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