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January 1937

Modern Treatment of Diseases of the Respiratory System.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1937;25(1):117. doi:10.1001/archotol.1937.00650010125017

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This is a small volume, which covers diseases of the lungs and bronchi, written from the point of view of the internist. There are numerous pictures, chiefly roentgenograms, illustrating the various conditions. Of interest to the otolaryngologist is the almost complete lack of reference to bronchoscopy in the sections on the diagnosis and treatment of the conditions mentioned. Bronchoscopic treatment of bronchiectasis is not recommended. Bronchoscopic diagnosis of carcinoma is given only a single paragraph. For the injection of iodized poppy-seed oil the cricothyroid route, the injection being made through the cricothyroid membrane with a hypodermic syringe, is recommended rather than the oral route.

The association of purulent bronchitis with bronchiectasis is not even mentioned, nor is anything said of the importance of clearing up an associated sinus infection in the treatment of bronchiectasis. In the section on the treatment of bronchial asthma, the association of a pathologic condition of

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