To treat intelligently any and all of the pathologic conditions which may present themselves in the oral cavity the practitioner, whether he be a physician or dentist, must understand the underlying process which. is productive of these conditions, namely, inflammation.
Inflammation has been defined so many times that it is now a difficult matter to select a definition that will be accepted by all. Perhaps one of the best definitions is the one propounded by Grawitz, wherein he says that "inflammation is the reaction of irritated and damaged tissues which still retain vitality." The reaction referred to by Grawitz includes a number of successive changes, commencing with stimulation or irritation and ending with suppuration or pus formation. In conjunction with, and as a result of, the process just referred to, we have a manifestation of four other important conditions, dolor, rubor, calor, tumor—pain, redness, heat and swelling.
THE INFLAMMATORY PROCESS.
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