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August 30, 1902

GENERAL NERVOUS MANIFESTATIONS IN RELATION TO THE JAWS AND TEETH.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(9):487-492. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480350025001i
Abstract

In a paper read before the Section on Neurology and Medical Jurisprudence of this Association in 1898, and this, the Section of Stomatology in 1897, I outlined the theoretical propositions upon which were based methods of treatment adopted by myself in the care of nervous affections intimately related to disturbance caused by the habit of grinding and clenching the teeth, many general as well as local manifestations being attributed to this etiologic factor. The term "jaw-strain" was used in the same sense as "eye-strain."

Attention was called to the fact that wherever the natural teeth remain in the mouths of patients suffering from nervous disorders, it is noticeable that the occlusal surfaces show abrasion, due to constant grinding and rubbing, the effect of extreme pressure brought to bear during paroxysmal muscular effort, or long-continued, excessive pressure, a condition frequently resulting from hours of painful suffering. This has frequent mention by

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