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I pray you bear with me if, in the beginning of this paper, I present a matter which may at first seem irrelevant to the subject. My excuse is three-fold: First, that the condition referred to is frequently a cause of nasal and laryngeal disease; second, that it is of frequent occurrence; third, that its importance is often overlooked. I refer in this to the inspiratory collapse of the alæ nasi in persons enjoying fair health—a sucking in of wings of the nose at each inspiration. I say in fair health to distinguish the same phenomenon as it occurs in extremis.
The literature on the subject is peculiarly scant. Traube describes a case occurring during pneumonia and one in paralysis ascendane; B. Frankel, in a child suffering from meningitis. In Traube's cases the hinderance to air was so great that he employed a hair pin held in place by
PIERCE NH. THE TREATMENT OF CATARRHAL DISEASES OF THE UPPER AIR PASSAGES. Read before the Section of Laryngology and Otology, at the Forty-third Annual meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, June, 1892. JAMA. 1892;XIX(19):537–539. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420190001001
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