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November 10, 1900

Diseases of the Tongue

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(19):1229. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460450045027

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The first few chapters on the minor diseases of the tongue and semeiology are poorly written. The English is so badly distorted that it is necessary to re-read many sentences in order to grasp their meaning. We find such expressions as "the cutis vera of the mucous membrane," "either of the three," and such sentences as: "The patient finally died exhausted." "A Prussian soldier had his teeth driven into his mouth by a bullet." "In Green's case the cyst was the size of a small bird's egg at ten years of age." (Just think of an egg ten years old!) "The patient swallowed the next day." "The treatment is such treatment as is good for the cure of the eruption on the skin." These are but a few of the many. Such loose expressions as "the size of an ordinary nut" (peanut or cocoa-nut?), should not be used in a

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