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November 1943


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From the Section on Laryngology, Oral and Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1943;38(5):505-519. doi:10.1001/archotol.1943.00670040524014

In an attempt to evaluate roentgen rays as used in the treatment of certain benign otorhinologic conditions Ersner1 said that physicians must not allow themselves to become too enthusiastic over any one form of therapy. Radiation is not a panacea and is not effective in all cases, even though some gratifying results have been obtained. Its use is frequently instituted haphazardly or empirically in conditions which are not suitable for such treatment and in which the end results are naturally failures. However, if it is employed rationally and in selected cases, the desired effect may be obtained. He discussed the use of roentgen rays in the treatment of such conditions as cellulitis and eczema of the external auditory canal, deafness of conductive type due to an excess of lymphoid tissue about the eustachean orifice, acute otitis media, acute mastoiditis, sinusitis, adenitis and abscess of the parotid gland.

Some tumors, benign