I have been asked to read a paper of interest to the medical as well as to the dental profession. The subject of the control of hemorrhage of the oral cavity may not be as important to the general practitioner as to the specialist, still, as the blood is the life fluid of the body, any suggestions to prevent its loss will, I think, be of interest to the profession at large, especially as the pathology and treatment of hemorrhage of the oral cavity do not differ materially from that of hemorrhage generally.
Fortunately, the operator is usually able to control the hemorrhage, but when the hemorrhagic diathesis is met and diseases of the capillary system, such as purpura and conditions associated with jaundice, a much more serious and complicated state of affairs exists.
The pathology of the hemorrhagic diathesis is not perfectly understood, and its actual cause can not
BELDEN HE. METHODS OF CONTROLLING HEMORRHAGE OF THE ORAL CAVITY.. JAMA. 1904;XLII(7):422-425. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92490520012001c