For a number of years I have been interested in the relative value of various forms of treatment used in the nonsurgical care of acute and subacute infections of the paranasal sinuses. The part played by heat and cold is particularly interesting, as a marked difference of opinion exists among physicians as to what happens when various methods are employed. It seemed comparatively simple to conduct some experiments which might help to determine the effect of the several methods.
A search of the literature failed to reveal any reference to work of exactly this nature. Some had been done, however, on the penetration of heat into various more solid structures, such as the orbit.
Moncreiff, Coulter and Holmquest1 found that the penetration of heat into the orbit is greater with infra-red rays than with an electric heating pad. They expressed the opinion that the ability of the skin to
TEBBUTT HK. EFFECT OF PHYSICAL AGENTS OF THE TEMPERATURE OF THE NASAL SINUSES. Arch Otolaryngol. 1935;22(6):733–743. doi:10.1001/archotol.1935.00640030751004
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