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One is surprised at the number of patients who present themselves for treatment of chronic glossitis with negative results. Under the name of chronic glossitis are included leucoma, leucoplakia, glossitis desiccans, ichthyosis, tylosis or eczema, and keratosis. I need not go into the description of the aspects of the different forms of this disease.
Present knowledge of the etiology of chronic glossitis is so imperfect that therapy for any form of this disease has not advanced proportionately with that of other diseases. In view of the fact that even after the removal of the supposed cause the disease does not readily yield to treatment, I make a suggestion of using 15 per cent, solution of nitrate of silver or 5 per cent. solution of chromic acid under the influence of the galvanic current in cases of chronic glossitis. The manner in which I treat my cases is the following: After
RAVITCH ML. ACTION OF SILVER NITRATE AND CHROMIC ACID ON CHRONIC GLOSSITIS, UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THE ELECTRIC CURRENT. JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(22):1427–1428. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480220013001c
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