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June 1933

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE APPLICATION OF THE THEORY OF FOCAL INFECTION?

Arch Ophthalmol. 1933;9(6):918-924. doi:10.1001/archopht.1933.00830010942005
Abstract

The letters I have received from some physicians concerning my articles on the subject of focal infection induce me to write on the same question for the third time. The great importance of this subject for the welfare of the population and for the medical profession as well is a good excuse for taking up the valuable time of the reader and drawing his attention to this troublesome question.

WHAT IS WRONG?

A specialist on diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat of a western city, in a letter to me, said:

I have for many years been fighting alone with very little success against the terrible epidemic of tonsil snatching by both the general practitioner and the specialist, which I consider the most colossal medical scandal of the century, to say nothing of the sacrifice of millions of teeth.

A physician, a general practitioner, with long

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