Tobacco for disease of the throat.
--The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal makes the following observations in a review of Sir Benjamin Brodie
's letter in the London Times on the "Use and Abuse of Tobacco:"
There is a local effect of tobacco, when smoked, which we have not seen mentioned, and which, in a therapeutical aspect, may be of considerable importance; we refer to its action in preventing that peculiar condition of the throat, which, if neglected, is liable to terminate in follicular inflammation, or what is properly known as clergyman's sore throat.
It has been said that few if any instances of this affection can be found to exist in those in the habit of smoking, and we know of one or two instances where it yielded at once to the potent influence of tobacco.
It probably acts by allaying commencing irritation, which, if allowed to increase, would end in inflammation, and perhaps by counteracting any spasmodic condition of the surrounding muscles — a very natural source of trouble in this distressing disease. "