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February 7, 1885

THE WORTHLESSNESS OF INHALERS AND INSUFFLATORS IN THE TREATMENT OF CHRONIC NASAL CATARRH.

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OF ST. LOUIS, MO.

JAMA. 1885;IV(6):141-144. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390810001001

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Abstract

Almost every work that has been published within the last five years on diseases of the nasal passages and throat contains full directions for using these methods. Inasmuch as I know, from experience, that both of them are not only worthless but injurious, I will analyze the subject sufficiently to demonstrate their inefficiency, and show that they must do harm in every instance, even if the agents used are the very best that could be selected, proving conclusively that the failure to benefit the patient is due wholly to the fact that the methods themselves are defective. I will go farther; I will give my experience to prove that the agents usually employed are deceptive, and are always injurious.

In the early part of 1868 I saw, in Cohen's work on inhalations (1867), a lucid description of Lewin's (Berlin) method of making and applying nascent muriate of ammonia. This method

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