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August 19, 1905


Author Affiliations

Physician to the New York Skin and Cancer Hospital, Consulting Physician to the New York Hospital, etc. NEW YORK CITY.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(8):515-519. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510080013002c

Although not specially occupied with disease of the mouth, 1 have such frequent occasion to inspect the buccal cavity in connection with dermatologic practice, that I have become very much interested in the subject. It also happens that many cases of disease of the tongue, gums, and buccal mucous membrane are sent to me, and many occur in my own practice.

The mouth occupies a very prominent place in the economy, as the point of entrance of food, and I need not, in this audience, dwell on the importance of having it, and all within it, in a proper condition. Few, among the laity at least, recognize fully the essential part which is played by the mouth and its appendages in the process of digestion, and consequently in the life and health of the individual. Mastication and proper insalivation are the first steps in digestion, and undoubtedly much ill health