Systematic bacteriologic examinations of the mucous membrane and contents of the nose would seem to offer important results. The nose is frequently the seat of inflammatory processes of an acute character that often appear to extend to neighboring cavities and membranes and that even may seem to be the starting-point of important internal infections. The comparisons between the bacteria of the healthy nose and those of acute rhinitis might throw some light upon the etiology of the latter, all forms of which are probably not of the same importance. It is consequently not without value to note the results recently published by Neumann1 of careful examination of 206 persons. In 111 the nasal mucosa was normal, in 95 the seat of some recognizable lesion. Nineteen different species of bacteria were found, the most common being pseudo-diptheria bacilli (in 98 per cent. of the cases) and white micrococci (86-90 per
THE BACTERIOLOGY OF THE NOSE IN HEALTH AND DISEASE.. JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(22):1448. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480220034017
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