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Although it is rather late for these Transactions to appear, the character of the contents will induce the reader to forgive the oriental slowness of its publication. The society consisted of fifty members, over one-half of whom attended the meeting.
Dr. Bosworth's paper on asthma provoked an animated debate. He believed that the principal exciting cause of paroxysms was some nasal abnormality and not any diseased condition of the bronchial mucous membrane. He does not believe in the old theory that spasm of the bronchial muscles has anything to do with the production of asthma. There was great divergence of opinion regarding the pathology of this disease, but the majority of the speakers favored the neurotic theory, and nasal operations in cases of well defined points of irritation. None of the disputants referred to the fact that operations in the nose have developed asthmatic seizures of a severe type, although
Transactions of the Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the American Laryngological Association. JAMA. 1893;XX(15):424–425. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420420020003
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