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August 12, 1905


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JAMA. 1905;XLV(7):458-462. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510070026002e

In this section, devoted as it is to stomatology, I think that we all must admit that the bacteriology of the mouth should play an important rôle. The subject is of importance to the physician because here we find local manifestations of many constitutional diseases, such as influenza, diphtheria, smallpox, varicella, measles, scarlet fever, tuberculosis, syphilis and scurvy, in some of which at least the specific micro-organisms may be found in the oral cavity. There are also a variety of pathologic processes which occur within the mouth or adjacent bones, many of which are due to pathogenic micro-organisms. Among these may be mentioned tuberculosis, actinomycosis, osteomyelitis, thrush, anthrax, erysipelas, ulcerative and gangrenous stomatitis, pyorrhea alveolaris. and caries of the teeth. To any one who is doing mechanical or surgical work within the mouth the subject is of interest because of the frequency and variety of germs encountered, and, as is

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