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December 5, 1914


JAMA. 1914;LXIII(23):2020-2022. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570230030008

The basis of this paper is a case of acute parenchymatous glossitis which I reported superficially in a paper entitled "Unusual Cases in Oral Surgery," read before the St. Louis Dental Society during May, 1911.

In connection with the detailed report of the case which I now propose to give, I desire to enter into a brief discussion of the disease and the literature relating to it. Butlin, in his book on "Diseases of the Tongue" says:

Acute inflammation of the tongue is admitted by all observers to be a rare disease. Even the largest hospitals in this country [England] do not, in most years, record a single instance. Yet the history of the disease may be written with tolerable accuracy, for the very rarity of acute glossitis has led to the publication of a goodly number of cases in medical literature.

From the reports of cases which I have