Hay Fever Treatment

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Hay Fever Treatment - HAY FEVER TREATMENT. , It l Not Enough, a...
HAY FEVER TREATMENT. , It l Not Enough, a Doctor Saya, to ?. Look After Local Symptom Only. f the gdttor otJTU Vtw Tort Timeai I would hke to reply to E. F. Arnold, M. XX, who criticises the. theory of the cause of hay r fever " m my letter to Tsi Timbs of July SV His comments question the v theory on the grounds (I) ; " That it is Impossible to explain the peculiar periodicity of the disease.'. (2) " The fact that a person in perfect health Is stricken at once if. he goes Into a certain locality which carries" certain dust or, pollen, " (3' "The sudden relief and complete immunity afforded, by certain localities." and (4) " That the theory Is not supported by our best observers,' c. :: -,', - -: -.:-' . , " - 1 would suggest that It Is not of vital Im portance to explain the periodicity of hay rcver any more than that we should -understand the same quality fn malarial fever. It is, true that we have always had an explanation j. of these- periodical ; attacks, and perhaps this is the reason that the " pollen ! theory has been so popular; this Is its one and only redeeming feature! The victim is attacked at the time certain flowering plants are In bloom. ' A sea voyage is taken, the sufferer : recovera The .relief is attributed to the absence of pollen. Another. victim, in place of going to sea, goes up to Maine Or to Nova Scotia and experiences relief from all symptoms. But there are ragweed, golden rod, and roses all around him. Weir, we cannot understand thlsj but the cause of the local symptoms is pollen, for have not our " best observers said so? I would ask Dr. Arnold who are Our best obesrvers? Are they the medical men who have written text books ' on J hay fever At the present time there are in the library of the New York 'Academy of Medicine at least seven books on hay fever. Its causes and treatment. How many medical practitioners at the present time consult these books with the hope of finding the cause of or a cure for hay fever? Hay fever Is a disease which has both constitutional and local manifestations, and the medical man who is so superficial as to treat the local symptoms the catarrh of the air passages-and of the ee. the asthma and sneezing aa the disease Itself will never succeed in curing It. So that it is absurd to refer to one " In perfect health " being suddenly attacked with" or relieved of all symptoms. The principal causes of the local symptoms arc hot weather vfith excessive humidity, of atmosphere, bright light, and dust, both organic and inorganic. These exciting causes are as periodic as the local manifestations themselves, and this explains in a measure the periodicity of the local manifestations. It Is the latter that is pe-lodlc, and not the disease itself, f-.r It may be present and In evidence at any season of the year. It Is only that the local manifestations are more marked

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 15 Aug 1905, Tue,
  3. Page 6

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