Medicine: Surgery for Asthma

Doctors have devised almost as many treatments for asthma as there are contributory causes. Victims are desensitized, kept away from substances to which they are allergic, advised to try a change of climate. They get drug treatment for infections, psychiatry for their emotional problems, a variety of hormones to make up deficiencies, and some have undergone nerve-cutting operations to tone down their breathing reflexes. With all this, Boston's Dr. Richard H. Overholt found that too many of his patients got little benefit and still suffered from the "tyranny and cruelty" of asthma. Now, in the A.M.A. Journal, he reports encouraging results,...

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