The enormous amount of literature on the subject of lymphatic growths in the nasopharynx that our medical journals have been publishing lately is certainly presumptive evidence that the matter has been well sifted from a clinical point of view. It has, but only in consideration of the effects of the condition on children, under 15 generally. In these cases the assertions of Meyer of Copenhagen, thirty years since, have been thoroughly worked out. The definite connection between habitual mouth-breathing, and mental as well as physical development, has been established.
The peculiar characteristic departure from the composite type of human skulls shown by those who throughout life have had functionless noses is also defined, and as this essay hopes to show, logically.
The bones whose part is the greatest in this change are those making up the hard palate. From the gently rounded curve of the roof of the mouth, that
MITCHELL AT. CHANGES IN THE FACIAL BONES DUE TO ADENOIDS.. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(4):246–247. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470300014001e