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June 30, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(26):1987-1990. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510530007002b

Under this head we have two classes of cases which present themselves for consideration. On the one hand, there are those which, while presenting medical symptoms, are directly due to some disturbance in the teeth or the surrounding tissues; on the other hand, we may have a large number of reflex disorders, the origin of which is not always apparent, but which ultimately we find to be located in a diseased tooth.

Whatever the medical phases of dental disorders may be, or wherever they may be located, in the ears, eyes, throat, nose, in the cervical or the salivary glands or even in more remote organs, it is an unfortunate fact that very many of the cases reported as having their origin in diseased teeth bear with them the confession of failure on the part of the physician to make an early and successful diagnosis.

In going over the meager