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April 1, 1950

Your Nasal Sinuses and Their Disorders

JAMA. 1950;142(13):1034. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910310078048

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One of the problems encountered by the physician who writes for the layman is that of determining how much or how little medical information he should impart. A text can be either too scientific or oversimplified; unfortunately, not all physicianwriters are capable of steering a happy, in-between course.

In this small volume the author does a reasonably satisfactory job of acquainting the lay reader with nasal sinuses and their disorders. The evolution of the nose and the sinuses comprises an especially interesting section of the book. However, his omissions are disturbing. One searches in vain for a discussion of both the medical and surgical treatments of sinus disease, topics of universal interest to sinusitis victims. The highly important subject of self medication is summarized in a brief paragraph. There are two controversial statements which do not appear to rest on well documented evidence, namely, that "the most common single complaint

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