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October 22, 1892

COMPRESSED AIR AND SPRAYS IN DISEASES OF THE NOSE, THROAT AND EAR.Read in the Section of Laryngology and Otology, at the Forty-third annual meeting of the American Medical Association, held in Detroit. Mich., June, 1892.

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JAMA. 1892;XIX(17):491-494. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420170015001f

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The use of compressed air in the treatment of affections of the nose, throat and ear is so indispensable and universal that it is somewhat remarkable that there should be a poverty of definite literature on the subject of its dosage. Especially is this true with reference to its use in ear diseases, in the treatment of which it is a powerful agent for good or evil.

Among ten of the most prominent authorities on the ear only two give definite information on its proper dosage.

By a series of experiments with the compressed air gauge I have found that the maximum amount of pressure that can be obtained with a Politzer air balloon of the capacity of eight fluid ounces is six pounds; with the six ounce bag the pressure may be made to reach ten or twelve pounds. The difference in favor of the smaller bulb represents the

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