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January 29, 1887

THE ETIOLOGY AND CURE OF ASTHMA.Read before the Chicago Medical Society, January 3, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;VIII(5):121-124. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391300009001a

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Abstract

The work of Wilhelm Hack on the radical treatment of migraine, asthma, hay fever and other neuroses, has received very inadequate recognition in this country. By writers on hay fever he is frequently quoted in an offhand manner together with a string of other authors; so that one derives the impression that few of those who quote him have read him. And if his specialistic colleagues do not do him justice, the large class of general practitioners ignore him almost altogether. His work is—taken altogether— of even greater interest to the physician than to the specialist, and it is a deplorable consequence of specialistic exclusiveness, that the results of his work have not yet received wider recognition among us. He teaches us that the rhinoscope must forthwith be as indispensable an instrument for all physicians as the thermometer and stethoscope.

The value of Hack's discovery, that asthma nervosum is a

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