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April 1929


Arch Surg. 1929;18(4):1552-1561. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1929.01140130648041

The more cases one sees of discharging ears, the more one should learn to respect them. In making this statement no special type in particular is referred to but all types in general. There is no other condition in medicine that carries with it more potentiality of complications; consequently, every case of otitis media should be approached with fear and trepidation. What may happen next is an important question and usually is the cause for considerable thought and anxiety on the part of the attending physician.

In this ever progressing era of medicine much has been accomplished in the diagnosis and treatment of intracranial complications which are otogenous in origin, but much more still remains unsolved. The mortality rate continues to be high and at times seems discouraging. A review of the literature on this subject for the past fifteen years, however, reveals much success in the treatment of sinus