In a recent issue one of your correspondents speaks of gargling and then he says:

"The medicine is allowed to trickle down the throat." I can drink even standing on my head but for the life of me I can't "trickle." Will you have your correspondent explain how he gets a patient lying down to trickle anything down his throat. He had better look up the subject of deglutition. Then the same article goes on to speak of gargling by the writer's method, intimating that in it the patient does not absolutely close the pharynx. The brother should look up the physiology of this matter.


Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 3, 1909, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.