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March 1952

ALLERGY OF UPPER RESPIRATORY TRACT: Cure by Surgery Plus Antiallergic Methods

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;55(3):261-267. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710010271001

PROBABLY the most important reason for presenting a paper on allergy of the upper respiratory tract is the need for continually alerting otolaryngologists to the frequency with which allergic symptoms occur in our specialty. Of 3,143 serial private case records reviewed for this paper, 522 gave positive evidence of allergy in some form. This incidence makes allergy an important item in my practice, as I believe it is in the practice of all otolaryngologists. All allergic symptoms should be scrupulously studied.

Repeated radical operations on the sinuses with less than satisfactory results were performed during a phase in the development of our specialty. This period of our development was sufficiently recent to remain fresh in our memory. Yet let us also remember that properly considered and efficiently performed surgery is still necessary to produce cures.

Allergic patients form a numerically increasing group for which nonsurgical or treatment methods were advised. Such

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