Medicine: Sulfa for Sinuses

One of the first U.S. trials of a sulfa drug was made in 1936 on a sinus infection of Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. (he was cured). Since then interest in sulfa cures has centered around other infections—pneumonia, gonorrhea, streptococcus diseases. But last week Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist Roland F. Marks of the University of California Medical School announced that sulfathiazole treatment for maxillary sinusitis (inflammation of cheek sinuses) improved 70% of his patients in three or four weeks. He recommends that doctors try the drug before resorting to surgery.

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