Medicine: B for Ears

Dr. Grant Selfridge, 76-year-old otologist of San Francisco's Southern Pacific Hospital, is affectionately known to his colleagues as "Little God Damn." Reason: every time he meets a stubborn case of deafness he swears like a trooper. But last week spry, beaming Dr. Selfridge spoke words of honey as he told his colleagues of the San Francisco County Medical Society all about a new cure for deafness.

A common cause of deafness is deterioration of the eighth nerve, which leads to the ear. Five years ago, Dr. Selfridge noticed that most of his deaf patients...

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