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August 6, 1910

THE TEETH AND ALVEOLAR PROCESSES AS POINTS OF ENTRANCE FOR THE TUBERCLE BACILLUS

JAMA. 1910;55(6):495-498. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330060047013
Abstract

Tuberculosis is probably the most discussed problem in medical science to-day. The internist, surgeon, gynecologist, ophthalmologist, dermatologist, laryngologist, orthopedist and dentist—all have a common interest in the problem. The tubercle bacillus is a free lance, defying and challenging all tissues. It invades the territory of every medical specialist without apology. No one can gainsay the statement that it is ubiquitous. It is looked on by the layman as man's greatest physical foe. More money, thought and skill have been contributed to conquer it than any other enemy of the physical man. All this is sufficient reason for discussing the question, even in a very limited way, and yet, the mouth is probably the most serious factor in the matter of infection from this organism.

The tonsil as a gateway of invasion is fully appreciated. It has been carefully studied and discussed. Medical literature in the past five years bears eloquent

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