In this section of the country there is a tradition to the effect that an open winter means a full graveyard. What is implied is that a winter season with little snow and mild temperatures produces more illness than the severe climatic disturbances usually manifested.
In pre-homoeopathic days we have many times cured (suppressed) chronic aural discharge and so far as we know, without the untoward sequelae one would expect. But we have a feeling that a careful follow through of these cases would show that in benefiting the ear we had visited upon these patients worse conditions deeper in. How one does flounder about trying to get somewhere in this world.