The Way the Question is Put.—It is unprofitable to discuss an undefined subject. To ask one to build a house without giving its dimensions is not consistent with business principles, because the amount of work to be performed can not be estimated. To ask one as to the curability of a chronic disease without giving the age, physical condition, etc., of the patient is just as inconsistent.
"Can you cure nasal catarrh?" is the universal form in which this question is put, by both the laity and the medical profession; in the former it is excusable; in the latter it is not. The question is asked precisely as one would ask about the removal of a corn from the foot, showing plainly an ignorance of the fact that the disease is found in various conditions, each of which must influence the ultimate result in any special case.
RUMBOLD TF. THE CURABILITY OF NASO-MUCOSITIS. JAMA. 1893;XXI(23):844–848. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420750014002c
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