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September 3, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(10):803-804. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690100065022

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Septicemia of Dental Origin  Caussade and Glück report a case of dental caries, well tolerated for several years, in which suddenly an ulcerative membranous stomatitis developed with submaxillary adenopathy. While the stomatitis healed rapidly, a septicemia appeared. Blood cultures revealed from the beginning the presence of large numbers of Bacillus perfringens, which therefore may be classed, along with streptococci and diplococci, as causative agents of septicemia of dental origin.

The Rôle of Chance in Cancer Statistics  Auguste Lumière has presented to the Academy of Sciences a critical analysis of statistics pertaining to the hereditary transmission of cancer, the mode of contagion and its peculiar frequency in certain conditions. Viewing the matter from the point of view of pure mathematics, and applying the mode of reckoning by probabilities, he finds that the chances of both husband and wife being affected with cancer are as 1 to 225. Lumière concludes that statistics

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