Records are of value in proportion to their etiologic accuracy, their accessibility and their legibility. The lower half of the head contains, in a comparatively small area, the upper respiratory tract, the beginning of the digestive tract and four of the special senses. Anatomically and physiologically, each two seem to be codependent. The eye needs the lacrimal duct for drainage into the nose; the ear the eustachian tube for ventilation. The olfactory bulbs function best in a well-ventilated nose. The gustatory sense is aided by the olfactory sense. This territory has been divided into sections or states of ophthalmology, otology, rhinology, laryngology and dentistry. The fifth nerve and its ganglions seem to be in high command and often bind them together in pain. An outbreak of the pathologic conditions or focal infection in one section appears to have a selected affinity, by continuity or contiguity of tissue, for its sister
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