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April 17, 1967

The Hot Tongue Syndrome

JAMA. 1967;200(3):262. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120160128031

To the Editor:—  Under this title Sharp1 has described a rawness and soreness of the tongue in 86 of 350 patients with subjective complaints related to the mouth. In them the "chief complaint of a hot tongue was formulated." The syndrome is based on the symptoms, not the objective finding that the tongue is hotter than normal.In a free country any concurrence is legitimately a syndrome, because concurrence is Latin for the Greek syndrome. Syndromes existed in ancient Greek medicine, and, although the etymology would not demand it, they are still usually of a medical quality. Discovery of new syndromes is fair play. The worst that can happen is that the author will be accused of imaginative invention, rather than discovery.Consequently no cavil is applicable to a new syndrome. However, the wise author will have answers ready to meet the quips. Undoubtedly Sharp is prepared to counter