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August 1940

ROLE OF SULFANILAMIDE IN THE TREATMENT OF ACUTE OTITIS MEDIA

Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;32(2):246-249. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660020249003
Abstract

The proper evaluation of a drug in therapy of a specific condition is often difficult. It is safe to assume that if a large number of remedies are recommended for one ailment it will heal spontaneously and that none of them have any special merit. It is also safe to assume that if a drug is outstandingly successful in the treatment of one or more diseases it will be tried on many others. This has been, and still is, the status of quinine, which, because it cured malaria, was asked to cure many ills for which it did no good. Arsphenamine held a similar role.

Sulfanilamide has produced such miraculous results in such a wide field that it is called on to do anything. Its value for certain diseases has sometimes been called into question.

In treatment of otitis media its value has been tested, and the reports have been

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