Atrophic rhinitis has been the bane of the rhinologist since the diseases of the nasal mucous membrane began to receive special attention. It is not at all surprising that the disease remained incurable during the time in which the diseases of the upper air-tract were treated by the ophthalmologist or otologist as a side issue to what he considered of more importance. Not only this, but most other diseases of the nasal cavities were considered incurable, not alone by the laity, but by the profession as well. This is hardly to be wondered at when we remember that the treatment of the different diseases of nasal cavities was much the same and consisted in the use of a spray and the application of a solution of nitrate of silver to the surface of the nasal mucous membrane or to such part of it as could be easily reached. The patients
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