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June 18, 1927


Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn.

JAMA. 1927;88(25):1966-1967. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.92680510024009

In 1909, Godlee1 began an article on torus palatinus as follows:

In May of last year Dr. Morriston Davis brought to me a lady, aged 58, . . . on account of a small projection obviously of bone, terminating posteriorly a median ridge in the hard palate. . . . Up to that time I had never heard of the torus palatinus and, surgeon-like, I suggested the removal of the supposed exostosis. But my ardor was damped by the deaf husband mistaking my suggestion that it was congenital, for one that it was hereditary, and stating in confirmation that her daughters had the same peculiarity. . . . Naturally, I made inquiries among the dentists, and it at once became clear that to some of them the swelling was familiar.

It is quite likely that physicians who are familiar with this not uncommon anomaly have had an experience similar to Godlee's. Several patients have been referred