In recent years much attention has been paid by clinicians to suppurative lesions about the teeth as a source of systemic infections. Considerable statistical material has been accumulated, especially in England, showing the frequent clinical coincidence of pyorrhea alveolaris and apical abscesses with various constitutional disturbances, particularly acute and chronic rheumatism. The literature on this subject has been reviewed by Nodine.1
A recent communication by Gilmer and Moody2 records the results of bacteriologic examinations of some forty dental abscesses. They found that, in a varied flora, the streptococci were the organisms most constantly present. So far as we know, these workers, together with Rosenow, whose paper accompanies theirs, are the only ones who have attacked this problem from a bacteriologic standpoint.
Our own work was carried on in the clinics and laboratories of the University of Minnesota, with funds provided by the Research Commission and Scientific Foundation of
HARTZELL TB, HENRICI AT. A STUDY OF STREPTOCOCCI FROM PYORRHEA ALVEOLARIS AND FROM APICAL ABSCESSES. JAMA. 1915;LXIV(13):1055–1060. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570390015006
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