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December 1, 1883

HAY FEVER.

JAMA. 1883;I(21):631. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390210027010

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Abstract

In the Journal of the American Medical Association of October 13, 1883, is published a paper on Hay Fever, by C. Hixson, M.D., of O'Fallen, Illinois.

As the writer says, " I have been a sufferer from hay fever for twenty-five years," and that " my opinion is that those who cure hay fever have never seen a genuine case, but have mistaken it for a case of common cold," I think it is time that he should hear from one who, like himself, has "sat up of nights in order to get a modicum of sleep."

I prefer to call the disease summer catarrh, as I believe the dust from hay, like the pollen from rag weeds, is only one of the causes of that peculiar disease.

If the doctor, when he says no one can cure hay fever, means such a cure as will ever after secure the patient from

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