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July 1931

A SCOURING APPARATUS FOR THE CLEANSING OF CAVITIES, SUCH AS THE PARANASAL AIR CELLS

Arch Otolaryngol. 1931;14(1):82-84. doi:10.1001/archotol.1931.03580020090012
Abstract

If the apparatus presented is the result of an invention, it is because the old adage about necessity and invention is true. Several months ago, in an attempt to check up on the observations in transillumination, particularly of the maxillary air cells, I determined to irrigate every antrum that suggested pathologic contents. As a consequence, I suddenly had a large number of cases of chronic empyema that required several or many irrigations.

To those who do not practice rhinology this may not seem unpleasant, but to those who treat patients with diseases of the sinuses it means disagreeable activities in connection with sterilizer and wash room, many wet rubber aprons, soiled clothing—for both operator and patient—towels, syringes, basins, rubber tubes and a galaxy of other features that make one's practice a task and not a joy.

I had noticed for years that the final attempt to blow washing solution

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