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December 18, 1886

RHINOLOGY IN THE PAST AND OF THE FUTURE.An Address Delivered before the American Rhinologyical Association, on October 5, 1886, at St. Louis, Mo.

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JAMA. 1886;VII(25):673-677. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250120057001

No subject can present a higher interest than an inquiry into the past and future of rhinology. Whatever tends to correct error or introduce improvement into science must affect the comfort of the profession. No research on such a subject can be accounted too minute, no labor too long. Progressive as we have been in the past few years, we cannot boast of having revealed the last trace of civilization. When we look back to the history of rhinology, we find that as a specialty it is not of modern invention, as many suppose it to be. Egypt was the earliest home of medical skill, and every mummy of the more expensive and elaborate sort involved a process of anatomy, particularly to its pathological condition, and these interesting pathological specimens were more numerous by reason of the profession being divided into specialties. Herodotus says:1 Egypt claims the invention of