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The syptomatology of morbid processes seldom presents a more perplexing subject for analysis as to its primary cause than that of cough. A chronic cough which will not yield to ordinary methods of treatment and whose ultimate significance is sometimes difficult to understand, is calculated as much as any other single condition to establish in the mind of the sufferer extreme anxiety. This is not strange when it is remembered that we have in it one of the premonitory symptoms of consumption.
It is only from a comprehensive knowledge of all its pathological connections that reliable differentiations can be made in consideration of the primary sources of cough. The peculiar phenomenal sounds characterizing some varieties of cough may aid materially in determining the nature and location of the disease on which its origin depends; but a correct diagnosis from such a basis of investigation cannot always be relied upon; a
SCHADLE JE. COUGH IN ITS RELATIONS TO MORBID STATES OF THE NASAL PASSAGES. Read in the Section of Laryngology and Otology, at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889. JAMA. 1890;XIV(9):304–306. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410090016001c
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