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The object of this paper is to present a clinical report on the use of menthol in the diseases of the upper air-passages. The writer's attention was first called to this drug in this connection by some remarks of Rosenberg on a paper by Krause, of Berlin, entitled "The Therapy of Laryngeal Phthisis," read in the Laryngeal Sub-section of the Fifty-ninth Meeting of German Naturalists and Physicians in Berlin, September, 1886. Since that time Rosenberg has contributed several papers on this subject, and other writers also have occasionally considered it. Most of the studies, however, that are on record relate to the action of menthol on laryngeal disease, and that chiefly of tubercular origin or arising in tuberculous patients.
Prompted by the favorable opinions expressed by all writers in regard to the use of the drug in the diseases just mentioned, it occurred to me to use it in the
POTTER FH. THE USE OF MENTHOL IN DISEASES OF THE UPPER AIR-PASSAGES. Read in the Section of Laryngology and Otology, at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889. JAMA. 1890;XIV(5):147–149. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410050003001a
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