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In nearly all our text books on dental surgery and dental pathology, mention is made of the fact that rheumatic and gouty individuals sometimes suffer from irritation of the peridental membrane, causing the teeth to become more or less sore and loosened in their sockets; supposedly the results of the peculiar diathesis of the system, but farther than this no light is thrown upon the subject.
Clinical and post-mortem experience teaches that the materies morbi of these diseases has a predilection for the fibrous structures of the body, especially the synovial membranes, the aponuroses of muscles, the dura mater, the cardiac tissues, periostal and peridental membranes. The one most commonly affected is the synovial membrane, resulting in inflammatory conditions of the joints.
It not uncommonly happens, however, that there is associated with the inflammatory phenomena of the joints, enlargement of the long bones and nodular formations in other localities; and
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