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October 22, 1892

CATARRH OF CHILDBEN AND THE IMPORTANCE OF EARLY TREATMENT.Read in the Section of Laryngology and Otology, at the Forty-third annual meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit. Mich., June, 1892.

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OF INDIANAPOLIS, IND. PROFESSOR OF LARYNGOLOGY AND RHINOLOGY IN THE MEDICAL COLLEGE OF INDIANA.

JAMA. 1892;XIX(17):481-483. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420170005001b

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Abstract

In this paper I wish to consider briefly, nasal catarrh as met with in children, and characterized by an inflammation and purulent discharge from the nasal and naso-pharyngeal mucous membrane.

The word catarrh in the sense that it is ordinarily used, is a kind of cloak to cover up our lack of knowledge of the true inwardness of these cases.

The literature on this subject is rather confusing and unsatisfactory.

MacKenzie recognizes two forms,acute and chronic; under the acute form, he classes the gonorrhœal and leucorrhœal infection that may occur in the new born.

Frankle describes but one form, the acute. Cohen is inclined to attribute all cases of purulent discharge to remote specific infection. Lennox Browne, Sajous, Seiler, and Robinson, make no special mention of purulent discharge in children, but class it along with other cases and hypertrophied glandular structures.

Bosworth in his recent work, devotes a small chapter

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