From the standpoint of the number of patients affected, hay-fever ranks among the first of the nonfatal diseases. While accurate statistics regarding the number of patients are not available, a conservative estimate has placed the number of persons in New Orleans affected with hay-fever at not less than 3,500, or 1 per cent, of the total population. Hay-fever is prevalent in the greater portion of the United States, and the proportion in New Orleans is a fair average of its prevalence in other sections. The total number of those suffering from this disease is, therefore, so large that the subject demands the most careful consideration.
Hay-fever is far more prevalent in the United States than in Europe. In the former, the autumnal hayfever is much more common, while in Europe the spring form is the prevailing type.
The symptoms of hay-fever in the early stage resemble those of an
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