A case of Bell's palsy is seen by the average practitioner perhaps once every year or so. The patients are quite alarmed concerning the sudden onset of this condition and need reassurance plus some form of treatment, which, in the past, has usually been quite varied. Cecil1 scarcely discussed treatment in the early editions of his book. Stevens,2 in his twelfth edition, stated that little can be done, except in cases of syphilis, other than to remove the cause, if possible. He mentioned application of blisters near the stylomastoid foramen, the use of potassium iodide and electrical therapy. Hollender3 added the use of strychnine, vitamin B, heat, massage and diathermy. Also recommended are strapping, splinting, wiring and, the most formidable of all, surgical decompression of the seventh nerve.
Medical literature shows only one article published on this subject. Skinner4 very recently could find no publications on the subject, and I