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April 1928


Arch Otolaryngol. 1928;7(4):312-316. doi:10.1001/archotol.1928.00620010332002

A review of the literature concerning the noninflammatory nasal conditions reveals such a bizarre mass of data that one not only is overwhelmed by the varied etiologic and therapeutic factors described, but is even confused by the nomenclature. St. Clair Thompson1 has indicated that rhinitis means inflammation of the nose, which is never present in these conditions, and that the terms vasomotor, hyperesthetic, spasmodic or nervous postulate etiology which is not conclusive or constant. From this inchoate mass of literature a selection of various methods of therapy based on described etiology has been made. The different methods of treatment have been applied to a series of patients which was in no way selective. The conclusion drawn, namely, that no matter what is done some cases of hyperesthetic rhinitis will clear up, will be made apparent by the case reports and comments which follow.



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