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December 16, 1893


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JAMA. 1893;XXI(25):929-932. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420770019001h

(Concluded from page 888).

Part III.

Dissatisfied Patients.—There are two classes of patients who visit a physician for consultation, with regard to suspected or painful disease of the upper air passages, that are almost certain to be dissatisfied with the promises given them: one, those who expect to be cured in a few weeks at most; the other, those who have come to the conclusion, because of many disappointments, that the disease can not be cured.

The First Visit to a Physician.—Take an individual of the first class, about thirty-nine years of age, who has had little or no painful experiences connected with the disease. He is conscious of a little more flow of secretion in the back part of the throat than he thinks should take place. He has been clearing his throat every morning for five or six years, but seldom has gagging spells with these efforts; and

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