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June 12, 1915

THE USE OF KAOLIN TO REMOVE BACTERIA FROM THE THROAT AND NOSE

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CHICAGO

From the Memorial Institute for Infectious Diseases.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(24):1985. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570500033013

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Abstract

Kaolin is used in immunologic and other investigations on account of its great adsorptive powers. The idea occurred to us that, on account of this adsorptive power, kaolin might be of use in removing bacteria from the nose and throat, especially in diphtheria carriers. Accordingly, with the cooperation of Dr. George H. Weaver, tests have been made in suitable cases in the Durand Hospital of the Memorial Institute for Infectious Diseases.

We have found that, when properly applied, kaolin in the form of a dry powder removes not only diphtheria bacilli, but also practically all bacteria from the nose in the course of from three to four days. For this purpose the kaolin is blown into the nose six or seven times a day at two-hour intervals by means of a rubber bulb attached to a glass tube, the free end of which tapers a little. The insufflation is repeated

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