Medicine: Nose-Tickler

A fanfare of pressagentry saluted the sailing of a Dr. Paul Gillet of Paris* for Manhattan last week. Dr. Gillet is a nose-tickler, one who claims to cure all manner of ailments by touching a nasal nerve with a stylet and simultaneously gazing steadily into the patient's eyes.

Though it admitted a modicum of sense in nasal tickling, U. S. medicine at once uttered a warning. Irritation of the sympathetic system gives some relief in certain nervous disorders. Scientifically it is about on a par with the late Emile Coue's "Every day in every way...

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