Out of the maze of conflicting opinions regarding asthma, it is agreed that it is a syndrome of which the cause is unknown but which is alleviated and sometimes cured by various procedures, such as the administration of specific or nonspecific proteins as well as the removal of infected foci.
It is further agreed that rather than indiscriminately operate on these persons one should first undertake a most elaborate allergic and laboratory survey. Only after failure of the allergist should operative procedures be considered. Further, it must be conceded that the allergic person is entitled to a cure of his sinus difficulties as is the nonallergic person and that when he presents himself to the rhinologist with chronic sinusitis the condition must be palliated. Should radical procedures be required, his allergic condition certainly would not be a contraindication to those manipulations.
On the other hand, failure in surgical treatment is
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