The Practitioner Volume 78

The Practitioner Volume 78

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...the child to breathe through the mouth instead of through the nose. In the unventilated pharynx, micro-organisms readily flourish; this causes local irritation of the lymphoid tissue, which naturally occurs there, giving rise to a condition recognised as adenoids. The naso-pharynx, stuffed with hypertrophied lymphoid tissue, ceases to develop, mainly in consequence of disuse. It will thus be seen that improper feeding leads to rickets, and rickets may lead to adenoids. "If one keeps in mind the stage of intestinal toxaemia before rickety changes have already declared themselves in the bones, one will realise how often cases, sent to hospitals as cases of adenoids, merely want proper dieting and general treatment, to be followed by a course of nasal respiratory exercises, and do not require operation at all. Knowing that obviously rickety bones become straight as the result of treatment and healthy growth, the proper treatment must be adopted, and time allowed to elapse for the rickety changes in the bones of the naso-pharynx to be removed, before a final prognosis can be given. Certain it is that many of these children, treated in this way, avoid the need of all operative treatment." It must be kept in mind, however, that, if the adenoids are left untreated, and especially if the pharyngeal tonsils are enlarged too, the patient is very liable to repeated attacks of bronchitis and even bronchial asthma. Middle-ear catarrh and deafness frequently accompany and complicate chronic enlargement of the tonsils and neighbouring adenoid tissue. Tuberculosis of the cervical lymphatic glands is, no doubt, a result of chronic enlargement of the pharyngeal and faucial tonsils. TREATMENT or ADENOIDS.--In the slighter cases or adenoids, more

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  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 572g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236862325
  • 9781236862327