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May 14, 1927


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Austin, Texas

JAMA. 1927;88(20):1585. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680460055027

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To the Editor:  —Dr. Joseph Colt Bloodgood's timely article (The Journal, April 9, page 1142), so full of practical observations and suggestions, should stimulate more interest in oral lesions due to Vincent's angina. I agree with him that this disease is on the increase. It is my further observation that in the tonsillar type of the disease the young male adult is more frequently attacked. As laryngologist for the students' health service of the University of Texas, I find Vincent's angina of the tonsils becoming more frequent each year among the male students. This condition also obtains in my private practice, though to lesser extent. Children and elderly people appear to have tonsillar involvement with Vincent's angina much less frequently. Why in the tonsillar type of this disease is the young adult, particularly the male, more susceptible? In elderly persons, probably the fibrosed tonsil is not the type that harbors

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