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October 24, 1891

CAMPHOR-MENTHOL IN CATARRHAL DISEASES.Read at the Seventeenth Annual Meeting of the Misssisippi Valley Medical Association, held at St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 14-16, 1891.

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OF-CHICAGO. SURGEON TO THE ILLINOIS CHARITABLE EYE AND EAR INFIRMARY, ETC.

JAMA. 1891;XVII(17):636-638. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410950024001g

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Abstract

While engaged in experimenting on an improved inhaler for catarrhal patients I observed that menthol crystals and camphor gum formed a clear, oleaginous liquid on coming into contact with each other. It occurred to me that such a combination ought to have a beneficial action in catarrhal affections of the nose and throat.

I mixed equal parts by weight of camphor and menthol, and combined 20 per cent, of the resulting fluid with 80 per cent, of lavoline. Discussion on the Levels of the Lakes as affected by the proposed Lakes and Gulf Waterway by Messrs. Wisner, Cooley, Haupt, Herschel.

The first case in which I tried its effects was onle from which I had removed hypertrophied tissues from the right nasal cavity and used the cautery in order to open the passage way, not only for breathing purposes, but in order to facilitate the introduction of the Eustachian catheter.

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