Chronic nasal catarrh is so prevalent on this side of the Atlantic as to have received the epithet of "the American disease," and the failure of medical men to find means for the cure or amelioration of the disorder has become an opprobrium to the profession and a prominent feature in the bids of the charlatans for patronage. We can not ignore the influence of climate and habits of living among us as the exciting causes, but there are long periods of the year in which these are not especially active in keeping alive the trouble, so we must seek elsewhere for the causes which operate to prevent the natural tendency to spontaneous recovery which exists in the presence of acute nasal disorders.
The easy accessibility of the inferior turbinate body, and its proneness to participate in all nasal irritations and respond by swelling and producing nasal obstruction, has made
BAKER LH. THE RELATION OF THE MIDDLE TURBINATE BODY TO CHRONIC NASAL DISEASES.. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(3):189-192. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470290035002k