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Treatment of Hay Fever by Securing Normal Nostrils.

W. H. Fitzgerald
JAMA. 1906;XLVII(10):793-794. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520100065020.
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Hartford, Conn., Aug. 20, 1906.

To the Editor:  —In The Journal, August 18, Dr. Dunbar Roy writes that at the session of the Association held at Atlantic City in 1904 I claimed to cure hay fever "by simply forcing patients to become absolute nose breathers." Dr. Roy is in error. I did and do claim to cure hay fever by giving my patients nostrils as nearly normal as possible, and then insisting that they breathe through the nose as Nature intended they should. The perusal of my monograph, "Mouth Breathing," should make clear to the reader what I consider necessary in a general way, not only for the relief but cure of the hay-fever patient, also what I consider harmful to that patient. I have yet to find a hay-fever patient at any period with normal nostrils, although I often find them with nothing more abnormal than a few irritable


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