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January 18, 1908

THE RELATION OF UPPER RESPIRATORY OBSTRUCTION TO ORAL DEFORMITY.AND SIMULTANEOUS TREATMENT BY EXPANSION OF THE DENTAL ARCH

JAMA. 1908;L(3):172-176. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310290008002a
Abstract

It is with some hesitation that I undertake a consideration of the topic before the foremost medical and surgical body in the land. If the presentation develops valuable discussion, however, to the end that more definite conclusions may be reached, I shall feel that in accepting your committee's invitation to read a paper, I have done what every student should be willing to do, namely, to add my contribution to the interest and possibly to the help of others.

On consulting the literature on this subject as it has appeared in the journals and in the proceedings of societies, from time to time, I became impressed with the fact that I had undertaken a task which might well stagger the bravest.

More than fifteen years ago, some one suggested that dental irregularity might, in some instances, be due to interference in upper respiratory breathing, which results in mouth breathing. This

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