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January 9, 1904

SHALL WE OPERATE ON DEFORMED SEPTA IN CASES OF ATROPHIC RHINITIS?

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PHILADELPHIA.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(2):84-85. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92490470012001a
Abstract

Much has been written about this very greatly afflicted class of patients, and little has been accomplished. They should receive our best care for their own good and for the relief of the people with whom they come in contact. True, our horizon is the limit of our vision. The atrophic patient does not know the pleasure derived through the sense of smell; at the same time he does not appreciate the disgusting foul smell which makes him an undesirable member of society. The ancient Greeks considered ozena a good and sufficient cause for divorce. It was also considered a bar to the priesthood. Surely we may well advise against transmission to future generations.

Where a patient is convinced that he is an offense wherever he goes much has been done to gain the necessary perseverance in treatment. With eternal vigilance on the part of both physician and patient, results

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