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Henry F. Stoll, M.D.
JAMA. 1930;95(11):796. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.27210110003009b.
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A mentally deficient man, aged 30, was brought to my office by his mother because of a "ticking" in his ears that at times interfered with sleep. Though very frail as an infant, the patient seemed to be well until he was 5 years old when, following a fright, he appeared to be afraid of everything and everybody. He did not do well in school and even with a tutor made little progress. He could not read and was jealous of those who could. He performed simple chores about the farm. In boyhood, he would have convulsions after a fright but he has not had these during recent years.

The head noises had been present for at least twelve years. A number of physicians had been consulted and the patient had received many treatments for "catarrh." The noises had been worse for the past three months. Up to this point


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