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Article
February 1940

OF WHAT VALUE IS ROENTGEN THERAPY FOR SINUSITIS?A RHINOLOGIC STUDY OF TWENTY-TWO CASES

Author Affiliations

RICHMOND, VA.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;31(2):275-282. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660010277003
Abstract

Rhinologists are frequently confronted today with the question of the value of roentgen therapy for sinusitis. Are they sufficiently informed of the effects and end results of this type of therapy to give an intelligent answer?

A review of the literature indicates that little has been written on this subject by rhinologists, either in America or abroad. With few exceptions it is discussed by radiologists alone. While this may seem logical, it is, on the contrary, impracticable. One cannot omit the rhinologic phase if the end result is to be properly evaluated.

Thost1 first called attention to this form of therapy, in 1913. However, little interest was shown in the United States until 1923, when Osmond2 reported a series of cases in which treatment was favorable. Heidenhain and Fried3 followed this report in 1924. Beginning at this time many indifferent and conflicting reports appeared in foreign literature, but it was

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