Good health is sometimes regained after the organism has been long below par, but in these cases there does not seem to be as much surplus to draw on as in those cases in which there is an exuberant vitality—in which, with a heritage of good health to start with, there has been a continued triumph of health and resistance over the encroachments of disease. It is this tendency of repeated small attacks of sickness acting as a drag upon the natural tendency of the body toward health that should be carefully watched by the physician. For example, a cold in the head is not generally considered a very dangerous thing, but frequently recurring colds in the head will lead to lack of resiliency in the parts affected that may gradually lead to chronicity.
The majority of the cases coming under the care of a throat specialist are chronic, and
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