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The topical treatment of diseases of the air passages is a subject of much interest to the medical profession. It is fortunate that such is the case when we consider that in the disease of pulmonary consumption alone, the death rate is one in six or seven of all deaths in the United States, not even counting those which result from other diseases of the respiratory organs. This statement is not true of any other disease or diseases. Probably the mortality is due to two facts: 1, that this class of diseases is very difficult to prevent or cure; and 2, that medical research has given less attention to these specific diseases.
In presenting the subject of topical treatment of the air passages, there is no intention of claiming that a new method or remedy has been discovered, but rather a wish to emphasize the importance of thorough local application
THOMAS HM. TOPICAL TREATMENT OF THE AIR PASSAGES, WITH EXHIBITION OF A NEW ATOMIZING VAPORIZER.Read at the Chicago Medical Society. JAMA. 1894;XXIII(26):973–975. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421310009001a
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