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August 9, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(6):459. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660060063029

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To the Editor:  —The communication of Dr. Bloodgood (The Journal, June 7) on "Irradiation as a Possible Treatment of the Dental Root Abscess" was misleading in regard to the pathology, symptomatology and diagnosis of the tissues involved. Dr. Ivy, in his communication, clearly stated the symptomatology and pathology of the subject involved. The reduction of edema and cessation of pain, together with absence of macroscopic symptoms, does not mean that the infected area is cured. This type of case represents the most dangerous pathologic condition that we find in the dental tissues. It is the only infected area that can be justly called a dental focus of infection. We have in these cases an infection of very low grade of virulence, on which account no suppuration exists, and where the infected area has no drainage. The toxins are being constantly absorbed, and it is the one type of infection which

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