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January 7, 1893

SOME FACTS RELATIVE TO DISEASES OF THE TEETH AND JAWS IN INEBRIETY.Read in the Section of Oral and Dental Surgery, at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892.

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JAMA. 1893;XX(1):8-10. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420280016001d

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Seen from the clinical and neurological standpoint, a large proportion of the hereditary cases of inebriety have defects and degenerations of the face, jaws and teeth.

Up to the present time, no studies have indicated any specific degeneration that can be traced to alcohol as the sole cause. Nevertheless, the inebriate from heredity or other causes has defects, malformations and retarded growths of various organs of the body that are hints of continued organic degeneration. The inebriety or any associated disease in the parents may appear very prominently in defects of the face, head and jaws. These widely differing variations from the normal symmetries are almost infinite in diversity and degree. The same variations in quality and capacity exist in the brain.

How far the bony structure of the calvaruim is controlled by the brain itself or how far external defects influence the internal development, is not yet clearly understood.

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