September 1928

Dental Infection and Systemic Disease.

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By Russell L. Haden. Price $2.50. Illustrated with 63 engravings. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1928.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1928;42(3):454. doi:10.1001/archinte.1928.00020020142020

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In this small, well illustrated volume, there is an excellent presentation of the problems of dental infection and a good description of the radiographic and clinical methods of diagnosis. Unfortunately, the author's views and his experimental work are so saturated with an uncritical enthusiasm for Rosenow's theory of "elective localization" that the book is full of misrepresentations and dogmatic statements. The attempt to diagnose metastatic infection in patients from the results of inoculation into animals of bacteria obtained from roots of teeth is almost ludicrous as it is presented in some of the case reports. One wonders why rabbits do not develop "elective localization" of bacteria in the site most frequently involved in patients—the peri-apical tissues of the teeth. The author comes back to earth and to solid clinical common sense in parts of the concluding chapter when he discusses what should be done for focal dental infection in various

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