In the cure of bronchial asthma a great many factors have to be eliminated before we decide to resort to endobronchial treatment. The first to consider is the psychic element, which is manifested so strikingly in all those cases that can be influenced beneficially by suggestive therapy. It is these which furnish the wonderful results that are triumphantly recorded by ignoramuses and charlatans. But the large majority of cases demand every resource of medical science which too often is only very difficult to bestow.
In a previous communication, I gave a brief historical review of the excellent showing made by laryngologists in the cure of asthma. Names like Voltolini, B. Fraenkel, Hack, Bosworth and others will bring back to memory some phases of what has been accomplished in the past. They and many others have demonstrated that asthmogenous points may be found in the nose and throat (nasal polypi, spurs,
FREUDENTHAL W. FURTHER EXPERIENCE WITH ENDOBRONCHIAL THERAPY OF ASTHMA. JAMA. 1912;LIX(12):1108–1112. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270090352068
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