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