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May 1949

RADIATION THERAPY FOR CONDUCTIVE DEAFNESS: Report of Results and Discussion of Roentgen and Radium Irradiation

Arch Otolaryngol. 1949;49(5):504-510. doi:10.1001/archotol.1949.03760110060004

THE WORK of Crowe and associates at the John Hopkins University has initiated and popularized radium irradiation of the nasopharynx for a certain type of deafness. That radium was successfully used for aerotitis in the recent war is well known from the numerous enthusiastic reports of the air and submarine forces. Bordley1 stated that irradiation of the nasopharynx resulted in "appreciable useful increase in hearing acuity" in 45 per cent of the children selected for treatment of conductive deafness. He further stated that only 25 per cent of selected adults showed such improvement. Full page advertisements of the radium applicator in the special journals urge its use in such allied conditions as recurring attacks of acute otitis media, obstinate cases of chronic otitis media and certain types of cough and asthma. This is a large order.

MODE OF ACTION  The therapeutic action of the monel metal radium applicator is

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