ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGOBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7057.590 (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:590
BOXING THE EARS.
We are glad to see that a medical magistrate (Dr. Hetley) at Penge has drawn attention to the evil effects of boxing the ears in school children. Every trainer of youth should be impressed with the imperative duty of avoiding this form of punishment, not only from the harm which results to the ear itself, such as rupture of the membrana tympani and concussion of the labyrinth, but from the even more serious consequences which may be caused by the resulting suppuration in the middle ear. It should also be recognised that the inattention of children is, as a rule, due to impaired hearing—a condition which in itself often renders the ears more liable to injury from blows.
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