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A U R A L S U R G E RY
THE NATURE AND TREATMENT
DISEASES OF THE EAR,
WILLIAM R. WILDE,
YELLOW OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS IN IRELAND; SURGEON TO ST. MARK'S OPHTHALMIC HOSPITAL;
JOHN CHURCHILL, PRINCE'S-STREET, SOHO.
DUBLIN : FANNIN & CO. EDINBURGH: MACLACHLAN & CO.
EDWARD GRANVILLE, EARL OF ST. GERMANS,
LORD LIEUTENANT GENERAL AND GENERAL GOVERNOR OF IRELAND,
THIS WORK IS,
BY HIS EXCELLENCY'S PERMISSION,
AS A MARK OF RESPECT FOR HIS PUBLIC CHARACTER,
AND OF PERSONAL GRATITUDE,
In the Introductory Chapter I have entered so fully into the circumstances attending the publication of this work, that but few prefatory observations are necessary.
I have laboured, and I trust not in vain, to expose error and establish truth; to lay down just principles for an accurate diagnosis of Diseases of the Ear; to rescue their treatment from empiricism, and found it upon the wellestablished laws of modern pathology, practical surgery, and reasonable therapeutics. In dealing with my subject it was necessary to review the practice and opinions of others : yet, though on certain points a conscientious difference from other writers has been expressed, I have not failed to award merit where merit was due.
My friend and former pupil, Dr. Addinell Hewson, of Philadelphia, has consented to edit the American edition of this book, now in course of publication by Messrs. Blanchard and Lea; and my friend Dr. von Haselberg, of Stralsund, has kindly undertaken the translation of it into German.
Dublin, 21, WESTLAND-ROW,
June 12, 1853.