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July 6, 1907


Author Affiliations

Professor of Laryngology and Rhinology in Northwestern University Medical School; Laryngologist to St. Luke's and Wesley Hospitals. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(1):21-23. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320010021002f

Since 1891, when, in a paper before the American Laryngological Association, I advocated resection of the middle turbinated body as essential to the radical treatment of ethmoiditis and nasal polypus, a review of the records shows that I have done this operation on about 120 patients, invariably with more or less benefit and never with any serious detriment resulting. Also, it is shown that many times a resection, though perhaps recommended, was omitted, when, in accordance with my present understanding, it would have remedied the conditions most promptly and effectively.

INDICATIONS FOR THIS OPERATION.  Analyzing these resections, the purposes of the operation have been:

  1. To promote drainage and counter-drainage in nasal accessory sinus suppuration and for access in diagnosis and treatment.

  2. To promote drainage and cleansing in certain types of atrophic rhinitis (atrophic ethmo-rhinitis).

  3. To relieve edematous turgescence and to provide access for the radical treatment of non-suppurative ethmoiditis and

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