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November 15, 1924


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New Haven, Conn.

JAMA. 1924;83(20):1608. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660200060033

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To the Editor:  —Every physician and surgeon presenting clinical reports on diseases of the heart, diseases of the blood vessels, diseases of the blood, disturbances of the thyroid gland, diseases of the kidneys, especially infection of the kidneys, neuritis, joint inflammations, sacro-iliac pain, and mental disturbances should state the condition of the teeth, tonsils and accessory sinuses, as well as the very scientific reports on roentgen-ray examinations, blood examinations, blood pressure examinations, genito-urinary examinations, electrocardiographic examinations and similar studies.From the point of view of etiologic value, of the results of treatment, of the pathology, and, in fact, from any standpoint, any report that does not declare the absence or the presence of mouth infection is incomplete and has its value greatly diminished.The neglect of practicing physicians and surgeons in omitting a study of the mouths of their patients is inexcusable. Moreover, the neglect of laboratory experts in not

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