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September 8, 1883

THE ACTION OF NITRATE OF SILVER UPON THE MUCOUS MEMBRANE OF THE THROAT AND NOSE.

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OF PHILADELPHIA.

JAMA. 1883;I(9):265-267. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.023900900090001c

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Abstract

[Read to the Section on Ophthalmology, Otology, and Laryngology.]

It is not my intention to present an exhaustive essay to the Section, but simply to make a few remarks concerning the action of the silver salt upon the mucous membrane, and to record some observations made by myself, with the hope of giving rise to a discussion on this interesting subject.

We are all familiar with the popular notion that nitrate of silver is a caustic, and is held in abhorrence by the patients, and used sparingly and in weak solutions by the physician in dealing with inflammations of the mucous membrane of the throat and nose. It may, therefore, be startling to you when I make the statement, the conclusion arrived at from clinical experience and microscopical examination of the tissue, that nitrate of silver, solid or in solution, is not a caustic—i. e., it does not destroy the

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