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Mental aberration attending intra-nasal affections and their sequelæ is considered rare by the profession; yet, it has been the experience and observation of many of the Fellows of the American Rhinological Association, that mental aberration, or insanity per se. has appeared upon the existing intra nasal disease, that removal of the latter often causes the former to subside.
Roosa gives, in his valuable books on "Diseases of Ear," a case of insanity and suicide, on account of tinnitus aurium. Experienced rhinologists can recall one or more cases of mental aberration due to intra-nasal disease. In fact, so much importance is attached to disease of the upper air passages, being the fons et origo, of mental aberration, that a committee was appointed, consisting of Fellows of the American Rhinological Association to examine inmates of State Insane Asylums, and ascertain the per cent. of patients affected with disease of upper air passages.
CARPENTER JG. MENTAL ABERRATION ATTENDING HYPERTROPHIC RHINITIS, WITH SUB-ACUTE OTITIS MEDIA. 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. JAMA. 1892;XIX(19):539–542. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420190003001a
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