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March 1946

EFFECT OF GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT ON ABNORMAL LABIAL FRENUM

Author Affiliations

MILWAUKEE
From the Department of Pediatrics (Dr. Schwartz) and the Department of Operative Dentistry and Pedodontics (Dr. Abbott), Marquette University.

Am J Dis Child. 1946;71(3):248-251. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1946.02020260041003
Abstract

What the gods dared not promise to thy prayers, time, as it rolls on, has bestowed.—Virgil.

THE rapid pace of growth and development in childhood impels a natural rehabilitation in the course of which many functional and structural deviations from the normal are corrected. Familiar examples will come to every pediatrician's mind—the molding of irregular head contours, the straightening of angular deformities of long bones disproportioned through scurvy or osteomyelitis, the filling out of thoracic defects, the alinement of alveolar margins temporarily distorted by thumbsucking and the retractions of umbilical protrusions. More dramatic even than these is the multitude of abnormal functional disturbances which are outgrown, spectacular examples of which were presented by Dr. Holt1 in his last public address, given at Peking Union Medical College in 1923. These changes, Dr. Holt stated, are not as curious as they may seem to be, when it is recalled that

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