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October 1940


Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;32(4):728-743. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660020733007

There is a definitely increasing recognition of the prevalence of nasal sinusitis in children. A variety of conditions formerly undiagnosed or called nasal catarrh are now known to be nasal sinus infection. When the family physician or the pediatrician keeps in mind the possibility of nasal sinus infection, the actual diagnosis is usually not difficult.

By the proper study and treatment of the sinuses the frequency and duration of colds in children, till now always discouraging to parents and physicians alike, can be reduced.

The ensuing remarks are not meant to apply so much to the cases in which the nature of the condition is more obvious by virtue of a purulent nasal discharge or to the acute sinus infections with high temperatures, prostration or signs of purulent invasion of the orbit or meninges. In such cases the local condition usually permits of no serious diagnostic error; the patient is