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August 5, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(6):462-463. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640060044012

Since the publication of Lukens' paper1 on the use of chaulmoogra oil in tuberculous laryngitis, we have introduced this treatment in the Throat Clinic of the U. S. Veterans' Hospital, Maywood, Ill. Of the patients in this hospital, from 300 to 400 are suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis in some of its various stages. In the last four months, forty cases of tuberculous laryngitis were selected for treatment with chaulmoogra oil. Our technic differs from that of Dr. Lukens only in these respects: A special laryngeal syringe is used; the patients are treated daily, and only the 20 per cent, solution of chaulmoogra oil in liquid petrolatum is employed.

The cases handled fall into four groups:

GROUP 1  The largest number treated were those with distinct but not extreme laryngeal lesions. These patients had generally been hoarse for months previous to treatment, and had various degrees of discomfort, ranging from

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