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October 20, 1917


Author Affiliations

Professor of Therapeutics, Yale University School of Medicine NEW HAVEN, CONN.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(16):1313-1315. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590430007002

There is no more impressive sequence than the presence in a patient of a disease or abnormal condition, such as infected teeth or gums, and the later surgical eradication of the focus of infection; or, to make the sequence terse and logical, let us put it thus: patient; ailment; crowned, bridged or decayed teeth, inflamed gums, or pyorrhea, or all of these things; roentgenograms of these suspected areas demonstrating pus and degenerated bone; operative demonstration of pus sinuses and cheesy, broken-down bone; and lastly, but unfortunately not always, the cure of the patient.

In this age, in which the laity has acquired from periodicals a smattering of medical science, and therefore thinks it has a perfect right to criticize medical men and to ridicule what they term "medical fads," let me urge that the nearest relative of the patient be present at the dental operation, and be placed in close