Specific methods of treatment of the more common nasal and sinus conditions are seldom discussed in the current literature. Yet such conditions are the ones that really demand most of an otolaryngologist's attention. A remark or so on the head-low position as a means of conservative treatment may, therefore, not be out of order. In my opinion, this method has greater possibilities of usefulness than are accorded it at present, and is often productive of such gratifying results that it seems worthy of more general application in practice.
This seems especially true since the description by Proetz1 of a method whereby fluid can be made to enter all the sinuses at once by suction displacement of the contained air. Such fluid may then remain for a considerable time in direct contact with the sinus mucosa. In principle, the head-low position offers a rational method of obtaining prolonged contact
PARKINSON SN. A LATERAL HEAD-LOW POSITION FOR NASAL AND SINUS TREATMENT. Arch Otolaryngol. 1933;17(6):787-788. doi:10.1001/archotol.1933.03570050779008