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February 26, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXX(9):474-475. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440610022001h

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In creating a rational and scientific basis for the treatment of acute rhinitis, we may assert the same general principles, which are fundamental to all other diseases, viz., that if the constitutional condition of the individual is such as to render him free from the predisposition, there is no such thing as an exciting cause for that individual. This is almost self evident in the case under consideration; for there are those in every climate, exposed to all the exciting causes, who never suffer from colds. The physiologic balance between the digestive, nervous and circulatory systems is perfect; they are immune to all external influences; to heat or cold, to atmospheric perturbations and micro-organisms. This immunity means perfect adaptation of the systems of the individual to his artificial environments; it means perfect tissue resistance to all disease producing causes. Here, then, we have a condition which is incompatible even with

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