Throat, or the cavity behind the tongue and the curtain of the palate: the soft parts, of which it is composed, are the common integuments and the muciparous glands. The principal use of these parts being destined to support and facilitate swallowing, breathing, speech, and hearing, it is obvious that all local affections, by which the exercise of these functions may be impeded, require serious attention. But, as most of the diseases to which they are liable, have already been discussed, we refer to their respective heads: thus, for inflammations in the throat, the reader will consult the articles Quinsy ; Swallowing, and Tonsils.