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July 6, 1935

Mouth Infection: Clinical Histories

JAMA. 1935;105(1):71-72. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760270073038

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Dr. Osborne has been for a good many years convinced that infections of the teeth and gums are of the greatest importance in relationship to various general conditions affecting the human body. This is essentially the same conception as that of focal infection. The present book is planned to emphasize his point of view and to support it by the presentation of a considerable number of case reports. These are presented in two or three lines each and, frankly, because of this simple presentation are not especially convincing. The second portion of the book concerns tonsillar infection, and the third portion Vincent's infection or trench mouth. There are also brief essays on the adenoids, the tongue and the tooth brush. The volume is suggestive and exceedingly well written. Even discounting its overemphasis on the mouth as a source of general danger to the body, its value cannot be gainsaid.

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