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February 26, 1898

AN ETIOLOGIC STUDY OF ATROPHIC DISEASE OF THE UPPER AIR PASSAGES BASED UPON AN EXAMINATION OF TWO HUNDRED CASES.

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BOSTON, MASS.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(9):471-474. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440610019001g
Abstract

In the following paper I desire to invite your attention rather to the predisposing than to the immediate causes of atrophic states of the nose, pharynx and larynx. The statements current in our recent text-books that certain classes of persons under certain conditions are particularly liable to these conditions appear to be derived from general impressions. Since under such circumstances, a few positive examples are apt to outweigh unduly a large number of negative and therefore easily forgotten ones, I undertook recently to submit the current statements to the test of a systematic examination. For this purpose 200 cases of atrophic disease of the nose, pharynx or larynx were investigated carefully with reference to the following points.

  1. The relation of these states to age, sex, sexual functions in the female, and general nutrition.

  2. The influence of a normal patency of the anterior nares.

  3. The influence of the inhalation of an

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