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In my capacity as a dentist, through dispensary and hospital practice incident to the study of general medicine, and by consultation with physicians in regular practice, who were particularly alive to the importance of the oral cavity in its relation to other disturbances, several conclusions have been borne upon my mind, which it is my desire to make the basis of this discussion.
1. That the disinfection of the oral cavity ought to be, and would be, if the necessity of it were sufficiently understood, as much a part of preliminary treatment of many diseases as the administration of a cathartic.
2. What is wanted to bring the dentist and the medical practitioner more frequently into consultation, as they ought to be, is not so much reports of remarkable cases, which, while they call attention to the possibilities of trouble, do not give an adequate idea of the frequency of
BROWN GVI. DISINFECTION OF THE MOUTH A POTENT FACTOR IN THE TREATMENT OF LA GRIPPE. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(2):66–68. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440020018001f
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