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September 17, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(12):353-354. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420120027002

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A communication from the pen of H. C. Wood, upholding gum lancing, and taking issue with the views of Forchheimer, on the subject, as detailed in his recent book on the Diseases of the Mouth, has been copied very generally by the medical press of the country. This extensive republication may fairly be taken as expressive of a general approval of the position taken by Prof. Wood.

Upon the questions of difficult dentition and gum lancing, the medical world has been for some years divided; the smaller party taking the modern view that dentition is a normal process and rarely if ever produces dangerous symptoms; the larger party holding that dentition is responsible for most of the ills that infants suffer from, and that gum lancing is its sovereign remedy. This latter view is one of our most ancient possessions, having come down to us from Hippocrates. For centuries it

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