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May 14, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(20):547-548. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391450015004

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How far are the topical measures at present employed in the treatment of the diseases of the upper air-passages, excluding those of a surgical nature, efficient and worthy of confidence? Such was the question discussed before the New York Academy of Medicine on April 21; and the fact that the question was brought up for discussion shows that there is some doubt in regard to the favorable influence of our measures upon the local diseased conditions of the upper air-passages. The question was discussed by Drs. F. H. Bosworth, Andrew H. Smith and W. H. Thomson.

Dr. Bosworth takes the ground that when we knew little about the treatment of diseases of the upper air-passages our machinery was very extensive; but now that we finally obtain striking success in the management of these diseases he thinks he may safely say that all the machinery necessary might be carried in a

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