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November 3, 1951

Bronchial Asthma: Its Relation to Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

JAMA. 1951;147(10):995. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670270085035

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This is a restatement of the old (and in this country, abandoned) concept of nasal infection as the major basis for asthma and nasal allergy. The author's treatment of all such conditions, including seasonal hay fever and unquestioned allergic asthma, consists of making windows in the antra, repeated lavage of the antra, the use of inhalations of vapors of a solution of menthol and eucalyptus, and the treatment of "colds" at their inception. Without attention to other factors, such as frank allergy, he claims results far superior to those obtained with any and all other methods. In this country such concepts are regarded as out-of-date and the neglect of other approaches distinctly detrimental.

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