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December 1946

PENICILLIN IN PERITONSILLAR ABSCESS AND PERITONSILLAR PHLEGMONA Report of Penicillin Therapy in Twenty-Five Cases

Arch Otolaryngol. 1946;44(6):662-667. doi:10.1001/archotol.1946.00680060687002

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Abstract

THE STUDY reported in this paper was undertaken with a definite purpose in mind, namely, to establish the efficacy of penicillin in a suppurative process of the throat and to study its therapeutic value as well as its limitations. In the area in which Army medical doctors were operating in Germany there was a fairly large number of patients with acute peritonsillar phlegmon and peritonsillar abscess. These patients were seen and studied during the summer months, when this condition is seen least frequently. Another interesting feature was the type of patients. They were all able-bodied men, mostly military personnel, in the age group between 21 and 41 years. These men were all treated after V-E Day.

Every patient was hospitalized and the penicillin therapy standardized. Some had been previously treated with sulfonamide drugs. This has been recorded and integrated in the conclusions of the article.

The total dosage decided on

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