Iowa State University Veterinarian: Volume 6, Issue 3
The history of postwar periods of the past would indicate that following the armistice of the second world war, great changes may be expected. It behooves us in the proposed world uplift program to be sure to give adequate attention to our professional problems. The veterinary profession is confronted with impending changes which it must undergo following the cessation of hostilities. While adapting itself to those changes it is imperative that it maintain its position in the respected sphere of medical science. In the process of this metamorphosis the profession must be alert to utilize this opportunity to establish itself in the desirable new fields which may develop rapidly with the consummation of peace.
There is no doubt in the minds of many men connected with the dairy industry that bovine mastitis is the most important disease of the modern dairy cow. The problem of controlling this disease represents the biggest challenge the veterinary profession has ever had thrust upon it-a challenge even bigger than the problems of contagious pleuro-pneumonia and tuberculosis.
On Nov. 18, 1943, a 3-year-old sorrel gelding was brought to the Stange Memorial Clinic with the history of difficult breathing. Upon examination it was found that the left nostril would pass very little air, and a loud snoring sound was emitted when the animal was excited. Attempts at locating and determining the nature of the obstruction were unsuccessful because it was too far back in the nasal cavity. A stomach tube could be passed about 6 or 7 in. into the nose before being stopped. The horse was placed on the operating table and probing revealed a soft structure in the cavity. Thinking it might be a foreign body, the operator passed a Knowle's forceps which ruptured a cyst containing considerable serous fluid of a deep orange color. The nostril could then pass two-thirds the normal amount of air. It was thought that the cyst would perhaps continue to drain and then heal, but the next morning the left nasal passage again was almost completely occluded.