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February 1, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(5):327. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480050041005

The intimate relation of the condition of the teeth to the general health is becoming more and more recognized. After middle life many digestive disturbances are intimately associated with poor teeth. He who treats a patient for digestive derangement without first ascertaining the condition of the teeth neglects not only an important aid to the recognition of the cause of the condition in many cases, but also fails to find one of the most significant indications for treatment. Hunter's articles1 and his book on "Pernicious Anemia" have called special attention to this subject. There seems no reason to doubt that carious teeth may not infrequently be the source of serious gastric disturbance and even eventually of the anadenia of the stomach that is associated so often with pernicious anemia. Caries of the teeth in these cases may not be of the kind that produces serious discomfort. It is the