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August 17, 1889

FACIAL NEURALGIA CONSEQUENT UPON PREGNANCY.Read before the Section of Dental and Oral Surgery, at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, at Newport, June, 1889.

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JAMA. 1889;XIII(7):229-230. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401050013002b

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In the paper that I am about to present to this Section I propose, very briefly, to discuss the nature and causes of facial neuralgia consequent upon pregnancy.

For the term neuralgia, I have never seen a definition that exactly suited me, nor am I satisfied with any definition that I myself can make. But in a general way, it may be said that neuralgia is an acute, intermittent pain carried in irregular, and often in divergent currents through the nerves and their branches, the result of an unnatural disturbance of molecular vital forces; or, it may be said to be a nerve's expression of some pathological condition, which may be contiguous to, or far removed from, the point of expression. Pain is a nerve's expression of disease, as words are expressions of thought. It is a symptom, or an informer of disease, imploring help.

The causes of neuralgia are

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