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May 23, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(21):1695-1696. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530470033010

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A writer in Items of Interest, a dental journal, propounds the theory that "spongy gums, loose teeth, absorption of the maxillaries," an odor of urine in the breath, "the calcarious (sic) condition of the teeth caused by uric acid deposits," rheumatism—concerning which "the physician is right when he says" that it "is caused by a surplus of uric acid in the blood," though "the medical text-books have not told how it enters the system"—and in short the whole dire results known and unknown that constitute the so-called uric-acid disease are due to sleeping in a room with an uncovered chamber vessel. "The oxygen of the air which is taken up by the blood is charged with vaporous urine which gets into the human system, first, by inhalation into the lungs, and, second, by condensation in the nasal fossa whence it is swallowed into the stomach, thus having access to all

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