The claims which have recently been made, that endamebas are the cause of periodontal diseases (pyorrhea alveolaris) and the published reports of the successful treatment of cases by the use of emetin hydrochlorid, call for a better understanding of these lesions, and, also, of the conditions which can be accepted as a cure of them.
OPINIONS REGARDING ENDAMEBAS
There can be no doubt that endamebas are to be found in the majority of pyorrheal pockets, but the exact rôle they play in these locations is not yet definitely understood.Bass and Johns1 of Tulane University Medical College, who have recently studied these endamebas, state definitely that they are the cause of periodontal diseases. They base this statement on the fact that they have found endamebas in the deepest parts of these lesions, and have failed to find them in healthy mouths, and also that they notice a marked improvement
SMITH TS. THE EMETIN HYDROCHLORID QUESTION IN THE TREATMENT OF PERIODONTAL DISEASES (PYORRHEA ALVEOLARIS). JAMA. 1915;LXIV(19):1567–1569. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570450029010
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