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February 6, 1886

COCAINE IN HAY FEVER.Lecture Delivered at the Chicago Medical College,

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SURGEON TO THE SOUTH SIDE FREE DISPENSARY, AND TO THE ILLINOIS CHARITABLE EYE AND EAR INFIRMARY.

JAMA. 1886;VI(6):141-144. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250020001001

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Gentlemen:  —America has probably a hundred thousand sufferers from hay fever, a number about four times that of the standing army. Any information relative to this subject, especially if it offer a ray of hope of relief or cure, is eagerly sought by this vast army of unfortunates. After several years' study of this disease I shall endeavor to present a correct account of the present status of our knowledge concerning its pathology and treatment. The several names which this affection bears are unfortunate ones, inasmuch as they do not adequately express its pathology, symptoms, or causes. The pollen of grasses, weeds and flowers, and the heat of summer, are but a few of the large number of exciting and predisposing causes.If I were to invent a name for it, both simple and expressive of the nature of the disease, I should call it nervous catarrh. I do

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