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November 1949

Zinc Ions in Ear, Nose and Throat Work.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1949;50(5):685. doi:10.1001/archotol.1949.00700010699022

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This belated booklet represents the compilation of the experience of a few British enthusiasts on the value of ionization. The first forty pages, over two thirds of the book, give generalities about the use of direct current in medicine, its physiologic effects and the equipment needed for this type of electric therapy.

Considerable stress is laid on the value of the treatment in chronic otorrhea, as practiced by Mr. A. G. Wells, F. R. C. S., in the school clinics of the London County Council. (In 1929 the reviewer observed the extraordinary results that were obtained by Wells and confirmed the work on his return to the United States. Friel gives the technic for treating various kinds of aural infection—with granulations, with different types of perforation, with eczema, etc. The last part of the book is devoted to electrolysis of the turbinate bodies, sinuses and tonsils.

The approach to the

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