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The antiseptic value of nebulæ in the treatment of diseases of the respiratory tract is well recognized by the profession. How to administer them in sufficient strength and quantity to control respiratory septic processes has been the problem. If administered by the stomach in suitable strength and quantity to sufficiently saturate the lungs, as a rule the stomach and lower alimentary tract is so irritated that digestive functions are greatly deranged, hence Nature's method of controlling these processes by vital resistance is much impaired; if introduced directly into the lungs by a parenchymatous injection, so much irritation is produced that an exudate is thrown out which occludes the finer air passages and prevents the introduction of the medicaments; therefore, the normal method of reaching these septic processes is by combining in a respirable form antiseptic nebulæ.
There are many mechanical methods for the introduction of antiseptic nebulæ into the respiratory
THOMAS HM. MEDICATION OF THE RESPIRATORY TRACT BY ANTISEPTIC NEBULÆ.. JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(11):709. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480110031002f
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