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At the meeting of the American Surgical Association, June 1, 1883, I read a paper on "Closure of the Jaws and its Treatment." In this paper, which was published in the first volume of the Transactions of the Association, I described the two forms of permanent occlusion of the Jaws—one due to the formation of osseous or cicatricial bands between the alveolar processes, and the other dependent upon ankylosis of the temporo-maxillary articulation, either fibrous or osseous in character. I gave also a résumé of the methods of operation which had been suggested and practised for the relief of these conditions, reported the almost universal failures of these methods in obtaining successful results, as gathered from the reports of cases, and stated the objections to their employment. That a better understanding may be had of the subject, I give, at this time, this résumé.
A résumé of the methods of
MEARS JE. CLOSURE OF THE JAWS AND ITS TREATMENT.Read before the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, February 2, 1887.. JAMA. 1887;VIII(16):428–430. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391410008001a
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