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December 19, 1903

HOW FAR SHOULD THE SPECIALIST IN RHINOLOGY AND OTOLOGY PRESUME TO TREAT THE SYSTEMIC CONDITION OF HIS PATIENTS?

JAMA. 1903;XLI(25):1517-1520. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490440007001b
Abstract

In many of the papers dealing with the treatment of catarrhal conditions of the nose, throat and ears, we find such suggestions as the following: "The general health should be carefully looked after," "any deviation from the standard of health should be corrected," some putting the case stronger and claiming that no success can be hoped for unless the general health of the patient is made perfect, or at least made better. If this is the case, our first inquiry should be in regard to the qualification of the specialist. Is he able and prepared to make a diagnosis of all the obscure conditions of the general system which the general practitioner has overlooked ? If he is able to do so will he do it in the short time which he generally devotes to the consideration of a case? Assuming that he is able and

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