The Toll of Chronic Nasal Focal Sepsis on Body and Mind

Dr Patrick Watson-Williams delivered his lecture at the Hall of the Royal Society of Medicine on the 5th of November 1925. The lecture touched briefly on the complications of chronic nasal focal sepsis with regards to the pulmonary and gastrointestinal systems, among others, before exploring the link with mental disturbance and crime and as such, its cost to society.

Journal article version of the lecture

Dr Patrick Watson-Williams was born in Clifton, Bristol, in 1863 and remained in Bristol before eventually being appointed as head of the throat and nose department at Bristol Royal Infirmary. During his life he was president of the Laryngological Section of the Royal Society of Medicine and also has a number of medical instruments named after him, including the Watson-Williams nasal forceps.


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