J. Solis Cohen

Diseases of the Throat

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J. Solis Cohen
   - Diseases of the Throat

Excerpt from Diseases of the Throat: A Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Affections of the Pharynx, Oesophagus, Trachea, Larynx, and Nares

The preparation of the following pages has been no holiday task on the part of the author. Only such irregular intervals as could be snatched from the requirements of an unusually arduous practice could be devoted to the purpose. Hence there has ensued an inequality in composition of which the writer is sensibly cognizant. Some subjects have had to be discussed in a manner rather different from that originally contemplated, and the context of numerous references, toilsomely collected for their elucidation, has remained unincorporated.

With the exception of a few hospital and dispensary patients, seen from time to time at the request of his professional friends, the author's entire experience has been confined to his own private and consultation practice. This has debarred him from much opportunity for personal pathological research; but it has facilitated the description of morbid processes as they are met with in the ordinary routine of practice, a matter of no slight recommendation to the general professional reader, and one which it is hoped will compensate, at least in part, for deficiencies in other directions.

The limits of a moderate-sized volume preclude the composition of an exhaustive treatise on the subject of Diseases of the Throat. It has been thought advisable, therefore, while presenting a comprehensive view of the entire field, to dwell longer upon subjects which are important by their frequency and by the fresh light shed upon them by recent investigation; and to treat concisely of those points which by their infrequency on the one hand, or their thorough discussion in the standard medical works of the day on the other, seem less to call for amplification.

It is impossible to furnish an explicit and perfect description of a disease so as to afford a complete and satisfactory mental picture of the condition of every example of it which may come under notice.

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