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June 1936

CHICAGO LARYNGOLOGICAL AND OTOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Regular Monthly Meeting, Jan. 6, 1936

Arch Otolaryngol. 1936;23(6):718-734. doi:10.1001/archotol.1936.00640040730016

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Abstract

PHYSIOLOGY OF THEUPPERRESPIRATORYTRACT. DR. ANDERSONHILDING, Duluth, Minn. (by invitation).

This subject was chosen for discussion because it was specially requested.

For purposes of this paper, the functions of the nose are classified as primary and secondary. Primary functions are those which have to do with smelling and air conditioning; secondary functions are those which have to do with the disposal of the residue left by the inspired air and the protection of the mucous membrane from dangerous materials and pathogenic organisms which may be present in the residue. The primary functions are not discussed in this paper at any length. Practically the whole attention is given to the secondary functions.

Nowhere else in the body is such a delicate structure as the nasal mucosa so severely exposed to the environment. It would be quickly destroyed by adverse physical and chemical forces if it were not for

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