The otologists and rhinologists of this country have, I believe, a decided opinion that the ear, nose and throat have a rôle in the etiology of many general diseases, contributing directly in certain diseases and indirectly in others. Specific citations will be offered in the discussion of this important subject.
FUNCTION AND PATHOLOGY OF THE NOSE
The nose is both a respiratory and an olfactory organ. As a respiratory organ it prepares the air for the lungs, filters it, warms and moistens it. The normal mucus secreted from the nose, in addition to furnishing moisture for the inspired air, is a factor in digestion. It is especially true that gastro-intestinal disorders are not uncommon in very young children suffering from diseases of the upper air passages, and are due to putrefactive changes from the action of bacteria on the intestinal mucosa rather than on food particles.Nasal stenosis produces a
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