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Our friends of the local committee have done me the honor of requesting a few words upon several patients whom they have brought before this Section.
The first is an example of a rather rare affection. This man, 41 years of age, has white patches upon each lateral half of the tongue. The lesions occupy the larger part of the anterior half of the organ and occur in no other situation. They have been present for years. They occasion no suffering in general, but smart when hot, sour or highly seasoned food is eaten. The man declares his health to be good, but he has a heavily coated tongue, his bowels are habitually constipated, his appetite is capricious, he is troubled by flatulence and often experiences torpor after a meal. He is a victim, in other words, of chronic gastro-intestinal catarrh. There is no disorder of heart, lungs or
SHOEMAKER JV. LEUCOPLAKIA—PSORIASIS—LUPUS VULGARIS. JAMA. 1899;XXXII(11):576–578. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450380001002
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