The frequency of aural, throat and nasal affections, the necessity of early attention to them to prevent lamentable consequences, and the prevalence of certain errors in regard to them, were the excuses for this paper. In reference to aural trouble, for example, there is not sufficient importance attached to their relation to general medicine; and when ear symptoms develop during the course of some constitutional trouble, such as struma, syphilis, gout, tuberculosis, the exanthemata and zymotic diseases, and during dentition, these symptoms are frequently ignored, as requiring no special treatment; and if the patient call the attention of the physician to them he is often told that with the restoration of the general health the symptoms will disappear. The reader doubted, in view of the frequency with which these cases come into the hands of the specialist, if this advice be warranted by clinical experience.
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