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October 6, 1883


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JAMA. 1883;I(13):383-384. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390130003001c

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Read in the Section on Diseases of Children, June, 1883.

Mr. President, and Gentlemen of the American Medical Association: The process of dentition is not properly classed as a disease, but the diseases which accompany it are numerous; hence I have given my paper the nomenclature Dentition. In order to be brief, I will not refer to statistics. In dentition, with its accompanying diseases, the mortality is generally greater than in all other diseases to which children are subjected. Some children are more easily disturbed by teething than others, because cause of not being so strongly organized, or because of some peculiar susceptibility to its infiuence. I conceive it to be true that the process of dentition acts more severely (although a natural one) than would foreign bodies similarly located. At the extremity of each tooth-root is the dental foramen through which the dental nerve passes, and during the growth

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