The purpose of this paper is to bring up to date the subject of quantitative inhalation therapy in general, and ethyl iodide inhalation in particular. This paper contains data previously reported plus additional information gathered since the publication of the last paper on this subject. It deals with the following topics:
Chemistry of ethyl iodide
Fate of ethyl iodide in the body
Amount of ethyl iodide retained in the body at the end of the inhalation period.
Amount of ethyl iodide exhaled after the end of the inhalation period.
Excretion of iodide in the urine.
Iodide therapy has been used for years in cutaneous and systemic fungous infections. The usual methods of administration have been, first, oral and, later, intravenous. Quantitative inhalation therapy had not been reported previous to the publication by my associates and me of
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