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November 1938

AN ACCURATE METHOD OF DESCRIBING THE COLOR OF MUCOUS MEMBRANE

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SPRINGFIELD, OHIO

Arch Otolaryngol. 1938;28(5):777. doi:10.1001/archotol.1938.00650040789007

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Abstract

At present there is no universally accepted scale in use for the description of the color of mucous membrane, especially of the fine variations that occur in the nasal and turbinate membranes. In fact, most writers are content to picture shades of nasal and of pharyngeal membrane according to their own ideas of the tones of red, or they describe them merely as acid or basic in appearance.

I suggest the general adoption of the Tallqvist hemoglobin scale, with the addition of zero (0) per cent, or intensity, for the description of polyps. The marked change from an intensity of 50 to one of 40 on this scale could well be understood to mark the transition of an acid-appearing membrane, at 50, to one with a basic reaction, at 40.

With such an improved method of determining color, it would be possible for a reader anywhere immediately to note the

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