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August 12, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(7):395-396. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450590025001i

This subject would indicate a paper of wide scope and the consideration of a matter which has often been thoroughly aired and discussed. I do not wish, however, to weary you with any generalities, but rather to take up some forms and conditions of inflammation which will interest you as dentists, as well as practitioners of medicine. As was suggested here last year, there is a common ground upon which dentists and doctors may meet, and the therapeutics of inflammatory conditions about the mouth, though a place oftentimes studiously avoided by both professions, should be cultivated in common by both.

I do not wish to enter into a controversy as to the definition of inflammation, but will merely state that my remarks have to do more particularly with the pathologic condition characterized by an exaggeration of physiologic function in which engorgement and pain are the two characteristic symptoms.

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