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January 16, 1897


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JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(3):111-119. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440030015001j

This disease is evinced by simple inflammation of gums around the teeth, followed by chronic inflammation with or without suppuration, with or without calcic deposits, a gradual destruction of the peridental membrane, with recession and absorption of the alveolar process and gums, concluding with loosening and exfoliation of the teeth. The physician is more familiar with this disease, as it appears to him as a consequence of scurvy, mercurial or iodid salivation.

Few diseases have received as many names as that under discussion. More time has been spent in apology for and discussion of new names than in original research as to its etiology. The term pyorrhea alveolaris, which has become so popular, and which I have selected for the title of this paper, does not elucidate the exact condition, since many cases which come to the dentist do not suppurate.

Riggs's disease seems a more appropriate title, since to