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[Read in Section on Ophthalmology, Otology and Laryngology, June, 1883.]
It has become a well-known fact, since it was first pointed out by Valtolini, that polypoid and other growths in the nasal passages are the frequent cause of asthmatic attacks; but it is only since Weber called attention to the relation between chronic nasal catarrh and asthma that it has been recognized, that other diseases of the nasal passages, independent of neoplastic growths, are also capable of exciting asthmatic attacks in a similar manner.
Asthma is proverbially considered to be the most intractable of all diseases. Indeed, so uncertain is the effect of any remedy in its treatment, in different individuals, that physicians not unfrequently depend more on the experience of the patient respecting any particular remedy than upon the logical administration of remedies to meet the symptomatic indications.
This capriciousness of asthma has led to the most diversified views
ROE JO. NASAL DISEASE A FREQUENT CAUSE OF ASTHMA. JAMA. 1883;I(10):295–298. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390100007001b
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