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September 20, 1941


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JAMA. 1941;117(12):987-994. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820380009004

Ozena is called also atrophic rhinitis, atrophic catarrh, coryza foetida and sclerotic rhinitis. However, the favorite and common term is "the opprobrium of medicine." The Germans, with their genius for expressing delicate shades of meaning and their natural use of euphemistic terms, call it "stink nose." Because of the voluminousness of the literature, this review will be limited to the etiology. The report to the Madrid congress by Leroux-Robert and Costiniu1 contains one hundred and seventeen pages, and a total of two hundred and seventy-nine papers are listed, mostly by continental authors and mostly written since 1920, have appeared in the literature. If the true cause of ozena is ascertained, this most distressing disease, with all its pathologic and social implications, may well be eliminated.

St. Clair Thomson2 has succinctly stated that ozena is a chronic rhinitis characterized by atrophic changes in the nasal mucosa and the turbinal