It is interesting to note the immense progress medical science has made in the investigation concerning the etiology, pathology and therapy of that obscure disease called hay fever. A survey of the results achieved in the last few years, in connection with a brief historic review, is highly interesting and instructive.
Presumably the term "hay fever" originated in the early belief that the emanations of the new-mown hay are the cause of the disease. Hay fever is an ancient disease. The first case was reported by Botallus as early as 1565, although the early writers did not recognize it as a distinct ailment, until Dr. Bostock of London published a series of essays on the subject from 1828 to 1835, in which he describes it as a distinct, periodic, autumnal disease, which, according to his claim, is caused by the united efforts of moist heat, sunshine, dust and fatigue. Dr.