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August 27, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(9):703-705. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690090053021

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Septic Pneumonia from Tooth Extraction  A widow claimed damages from a dentist, formerly house surgeon at the National Dental Hospital, and from the medical superintendent of the hospital for the loss of her daughter, whose death, she alleged, was due to the negligence in the extraction of a tooth. The daughter, aged 30, went to the hospital, May 22, 1925, to have three teeth extracted. During the operation, which was performed under nitrous oxide gas by a student, the crown of one molar was broken off and disappeared down her throat. When she recovered from the anesthetic she complained to her sister of difficulty in breathing, but she was allowed to go home and nothing was said to her about the missing piece of tooth, and arrangements were not made for further examination or treatment. Septic pneumonia followed, as the result of impaction of the piece of tooth in a

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