One has only to read the book by Coca, Walzer and Thommen1 to realize what an enormous problem hay fever is. Possibly at the present time the cycle of 1881 is being repeated in which, according to these authors, "it seems that every conceivable method of rhinologic procedure had been thought of and enthusiastically advocated." These procedures were galvanocautery, correction of intranasal abnormalities, massage of the nasal mucosa, resection of the ethmoid sinus, intranasal application of hot air, operative procedures on the antrum, excision of the tubercle of the septum, resection of the nasal nerve and injection of alcohol into the nasal nerve.
As the specialty of allergy has developed, that of rhinology has had less to do with hay fever. The patients with hay fever seen today by the otolaryngologist are those who have been unrelieved by injections of pollen, or whose condition has been hitherto undiagnosed or
VAIL HH. TREATMENT OF HAY FEVER BY NASAL INJECTIONS OF ALCOHOL. Arch Otolaryngol. 1933;18(5):651–657. doi:10.1001/archotol.1933.03580060693007
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