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June 14, 1930

Nasal Catarrh.

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By W. Stuart-Low, F.R.C.S., Consulting Surgeon to the Central London Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital. Cloth. Price, 5/- net. Pp. 84, with 12 illustrations. London: H. K. Lewis, Ltd., 1930.

JAMA. 1930;94(24):1941. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710500059035

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In this brochure the term "catarrh" is applied to any type of secretion issuing from the nose whether it is serous, mucoid, mucopurulent or purulent. In the United States the term "catarrh" as a rule designates the flow of an excessive amount of mucoid material, and whenever a mucopurulent or a purulent secretion is present, this condition is usually considered a suppurating one, and usually means involvement of the nasal accessory sinuses. The author's main thesis is that "nasal catarrh, whether acute or chronic, emanates entirely from obstruction to a free passage, and the removal of such obstruction is of the most urgent importance in the treatment." This consists in the corrections of deviations of the nasal septum, removal of markedly hypertrophied portions of the inferior turbinates, cauterization of the intumescent inferior turbinals, and removal of nasal polypi and adenoids. He also wisely warns against indiscriminate and needless destruction of

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