This is one of a series of articles written by eminent clinicians for the purpose of extending information concerning the official medicines. The twenty-four articles in this series have been planned and developed through the cooperation of the U. S. Pharmacopeial Committee of Revision andThe Journal of the American Medical Association.—Ed.
The use of local medications by the general practitioner in the treatment of diseases of the upper respiratory tract should be restricted for the most part to acute infections. It is to be emphasized that attempts to treat chronic disorders by such measures are fraught with serious danger until the diagnosis of the underlying pathologic condition has been thoroughly established. This as a rule requires examination by a specialist in this field. All too frequently cases are encountered in which local medications have been carried out over long periods before a