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June 7, 1913

THE POSSIBLE RELATIONSHIP OF ORGANIC DISEASES OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM TO RIGGS' DISEASE

Author Affiliations

Physician to the Neurological Institute of New York NEW YORK

JAMA. 1913;60(23):1779-1781. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340230025011
Abstract

The occurrence of purulent disease of the alveolar processes is so common and so wide-spread that it has come to be regarded, unfortunately, only as disagreeable and esthetically offensive, but not dangerous and capable of causing serious disease. I have had experience which convinces me that Riggs' disease may be the source from which serious organic diseases of the nervous system flow; although I can offer no other proof of the truth of this statement than the occurrence of such disease in persons afflicted with alveolar pyorrhea, the absence of other etiology and the amelioration or disappearance of the disorder after the pyorrhea has been treated locally and constitutionally by means of autogenous vaccine, I am constrained nevertheless to present a few of these observations for consideration. From a large number of cases in which I believe Riggs' disease played the chief rôle in the causation of the nervous trouble,

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