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"If you wish to very largely minimise the; chances of infection, breathe through the nose," is the advice of Dr. Gresswell, the chairman of the Victorian Board of Health. He says that if the habit of nasal breathing were more common there would be. much less of such communicable diseases as influenza, consumption, pneumonia, etc. "The importance of breathing through the nose," he says "has been taught by physiologists and physicians for the past quarter of a century, and arises from the following reasons : Air passing through the nose goes over the convolutions of the turbinated bones— which constitute a sort of hot: water coil — whereas in breathing through the mouth .the air passes almost directly into the lungs. Benefit is occasioned through the air being moistened owing to the great evaporation that takes place while passing over the 'hot water coil' ; this does not occur when. air is inhaled by way of the mouth. But the chief advantage of breathing through the nose is the fact that the air is subjected to a process of filtration, principally because the nasal passages ore tortuous. Tliis arrests contamination particles, including bacterial agents of disease. If the air is inhaled through the mouth these agents of disease are swallowed, and reach the lungs ; but, being taken in by way of the nose they are stopped ; by that organ, and, generally, speaking, oiterwards ejected on to the handkerchief. As for such disease germs as are not, so ejected, it is believed by many bacteriologists that they are destroyed by the special secretions of the nasal passages; but nothing is known of any bacteria-killing action on the part of the juices secreted in the mouth. Nosol breathing is not only essential where there is much dust in the atmosphere, but also when the atmosphere is cold and dry. It is especially necessaiy, when leaving the hot air of crowded public buildings which are not well ventilated. Of course, in cases where breathing through the mouth is caused by nasal defects medical or surgical interference is necessary. After violent exertion nasal breathing is practically impossible. The best plan, then, is to force the air on its passage inwards to impinge on some moist surface. This may be done by placing the tip of tho tongue on the roof of the mouth. In these remarks the word 'breathing' must be. taken to mean 'inhaling.' It is comparatively immaterial whether air is exhaled through the nose or through the mouth."— Melbourne Age.

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THE PROPER WAY TO BREATHE., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXX, Issue 9774, 20 June 1903, Supplement

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THE PROPER WAY TO BREATHE. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXX, Issue 9774, 20 June 1903, Supplement

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