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November 20, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(21):1720-1723. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680210026008

Every field of medicine has its fads which for longer or shorter periods occupy the imagination and satisfy the credulity of patient as well as physician. The field of otolaryngology seems to lend itself with peculiar readiness to propositions of this sort. One reason is that the clinical problems in this field are often complicated and therefore less readily understood, even by men restricting their practice to the specialty. It is not my purpose to trace the history of all the fads that have held sway in otolaryngology; I desire only to call attention to a few of the fads and fancies that today are still more or less in vogue in this special field.

Perhaps no more spectacular fad had occurred in the history of medicine than that relating to nasal reflex neuroses. Discussions of this subject began when Voltolini, in 1871, reported the cure of two cases of

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