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February 1938

COD LIVER OIL FOR THE LOCAL TREATMENT OF TUBERCULOUS PHARYNGITIS AND LARYNGITIS

Author Affiliations

WAUWATOSA, WIS.
From the Muirdale Sanatorium.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1938;27(2):154-160. doi:10.1001/archotol.1938.00650030163003
Abstract

A careful search of the Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus since 1926 failed to reveal any publication in the literature dealing with the topical application of cod liver oil in treatment of tuberculous pharyngitis and laryngitis. For this reason it seems to be justifiable to present the experience with this remedy that I gained during the past one and a half years.

Cod liver oil was employed as a popular household remedy in the Scandinavian countries for centuries. It not only was used internally for a great many diseases but was known to have a healing effect when applied externally to cut wounds, abrasions and ulcers of the skin. Its systematic application in hospitals was introduced in Scotland during the second half of the eighteenth century, and it attained a widespread application in medical practice in Europe from 1840 on.

Experience showed that it is of value in tuberculosis. The factors

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