ARTHUR W. Proetz successfully combined clinical practice, teaching, and research. His main research endeavors in nasal physiology culminated in a book Applied Physiology of the Nose, 1941, and the 1952 Semon Lecture at the University of London entitled, "Respiratory Air Currents and their Clinical Aspects." He utilized the displacement technique primarily to introduce medication into the sinuses. The technique itself was conceived during a champagne dinner with some friends when he demonstrated how fluid could be introduced into a rigid bottle.
DISPLACEMENT IRRIGATION OF NASAL SINUSES:
A NEW PROCEDURE IN DIAGNOSIS AND CONSERVATIVE TREATMENT
ARTHUR W. PROETZ, MD
The procedure here presented in a simple method of introducing fluids into the sphenoid and posterior ethmoid sinuses. Heretofore, the irrigation of these sinuses has been rendered difficult by their positions and the inaccessibility of their ostia. Only occasionally can the normal opening of the sphenoid be used for the introduction of
Donaldson JA. Displacement Irrigation of Nasal Sinuses: A New Procedure in Diagnosis and Conservative Treatment. Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;90(3):398–399. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770030400026
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