The Throat Tickling.
In the January THERAPEUTIST, p. 26, one doctor makes reference to my article in the October T HERAPEUTIST, p. 309, and offers a very sarcastic criticism on my suggestion to allow medicine to trickle down the throat.
The writer has in a few instances heard the laity call everything between the chin and the knees "the stomach," but this is his first time to have any one who posed as a physiologist, anatomist and physician, to intimate that everything from stem to stern was the throat.
Gray's Anatomy, p. 950, 1897 edition, says, "At the back of the mouth is seen the isthmus of the fauces, or as it is popularly called, 'the throat.' This is the space between the pillars of the fauces on either side, and is the means by which the mouth communicates with the pharynx."
Now if this wise doctor will take just a little of his brotherly advice home to himself and dig up his own anatomy text and learn that the throat is the "means by which the mouth communicates with the pharynx," he will not need to stand on his head to learn how to trickle without closing the pharynx. In fact it is such a simple fact that most three- or four-year-old children accomplish it without the least difficulty.
W. H. YOUNG, M. D.