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December 16, 1893

DENTITION, AND SOME OF ITS DISEASES.Read in the Section on Diseases of Children, at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(25):925-926. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420770015001f

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Normal dentition is comparatively harmless. The teething in wild animals and barbarous nations is usually attended with no danger, and with but little inconvenience. The young, however, of beasts confined in cages, rarely live during the period of teething.

In our age of civilized refinement, abnormal dentition is the rule. So deadly has it become, that one-third of the human family die before the twenty deciduous teeth have fully appeared. Its danger is constantly increasing. A few decades ago, when the practice of mothers nursing their children was more in vogue, the fatality was not nearly so great. Latterly it has become unfashionable, and children are fed on artificial food, and the result is an alarming mortality. Dentition in these children develops incidentally many diseases. The commonest are irritative fever, indigestion—with its attendant evils, flatulency, constipation and diarrhea—cerebral convulsions, stomatitis, capillary bronchitis and pneumonia. Practically, it is almost impossible to,

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