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October 13, 1883

Editor Journal American Medical Association

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O'Fallon, Ill.

JAMA. 1883;I(14):434. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390140026013

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Having been for twenty-five years a victim of hay-fever, and having been compelled to suffer all the torments of this disease, sitting in a chair for sixteen consecutive nights in order to get a modicum of sleep and rest, and having ransacked the whole literature of hay-fever as known in the English language, as far as I could obtain it, I am, as you may well imagine, much interested in anything that appertains to this inscrutable and abominable disease. No living man, who is not a victim, can appreciate the agony of hay-fever. Allow me to say that so far as twenty-five years can give a man authority to speak, I say that it is my opinion that no remedy has as yet been found; no, not so much as even a palliative for genuine hay-fever. For the last twenty-five years half of the materia medica has either gone through

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