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February 26, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(9):647-648. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.92680350028011e

The value and usefulness of nasal irrigation has been exhaustively discussed and recommended by the most prominent rhinologists since the time of Thudichum and Weber to the present.1 It is sufficient to mention here such names as: J. Solis Cohen (1872); F. H. Bosworth (1881, 1897); D. B. Kyle (1899 and 1900); De Schweinitz (1899); C. H. Burnett (1893 and 1911); E. L. Shurly (1905); J. Wright and Newcomb (1900); J. J. Kyle (1906); W. L. Ballenger (1908); C. S. Coacley (1923), and A. L. Turner (1925). The observations of such early otologists as Moos of Heidelberg, and Knapp and Roosa of New York, and their followers 2 could not shatter the pure and simple logic of nasal irrigation.

Since Weber and Thudichum introduced their method in 1864, a great many "douches" or "irrigators" have been devised. The Surgeon General's Library quotes thirteen patent specifications for irrigation and nebulization