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October 9, 1943

TREATMENT OF VINCENT'S ANGINA OF THE TONSIL: A PRELIMINARY REPORT

Author Affiliations

MEDICAL CORPS, ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES

JAMA. 1943;123(6):341. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.82840410003007a
Abstract

The great number of methods and combinations of drugs used by various clinicians in treatment of Vincent's angina indicates that none of them have proved entirely satisfactory. It is a common experience, whether infection is present in the gums or in the pharynx, to have these patients returning frequently over a long period of time. An apparent cure within a period of ten days is usually considered quite satisfactory, and even then, owing to frequent recurrences, the wise clinician avoids assuring his patient that he is completely cured.

The fusiform organisms and spirochetes of Vincent's angina have many of the characteristics of a secondary invader. It is commonly believed that these organisms enter only into tissues weakened by some other cause. What this cause is has not definitely been determined, but there is some evidence that nutritive factors play a part. It is also possible that some associated infection may

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