Medicine: Sea Sickness

There are almost as many seasick cures as there are sufferers. Last week Drs. J. Frank Pearcy and Daniel B. Hayden of the University of Chicago Medical School advocated a new one, in the American Medical Association Journal. They had been working on ears and eyes in hospital and laboratory; they noticed that lowering the normal blood pressure by means of sodium nitrite decreased the dizziness and "seasick" feeling of subjects after they had been rapidly rotated. Believing that seasickness is caused by overstimulation of the labyrinth of the ear by the constant...