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August 9, 1884

Sulphurous Acid in Obstinate Otorrhœa.

JAMA. 1884;III(6):159. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390550019006

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—In the Annales des Maladies de l'Oreille, du Larynx, etc., July, 1884, Dr. Woakes, of London, speaks very highly of the use of sulphurous acid in the treatment of those obstinate cases of otorrhœa which resist the use of boric acid. He refers to such cases as are associated with a certain roughness of the bony structures situated anywhere in the track of the discharge, whether in the external meatus, the annulus, the small bones of the ear, or the inner wall of the middle ear. He does not, of course, include such cases in which the necroses affect extensive parts of the temporal bone.

The strength he uses is one part dilute sulphurous acid (B. P.) and three parts water, which, after cleansing the ear, is to be warmed and poured into the meatus, and retained there for half an hour. The application is made three times a day. He

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