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December 1928


Arch Otolaryngol. 1928;8(6):698-706. doi:10.1001/archotol.1928.00620020730008

Able and careful authorities have taught that 20 per cent of maxillary sinus infections are of dental origin. Since then the x-ray apparatus has been perfected; the war occurred, in which medical units were established, with team work between dentist, oral surgeon, roentgenologist and rhinologist; modern medicine has entered on what might be termed a prophylactic era, and among other efforts there has been a concerted drive against so-called infected foci; the internist, the obstetrician, the urologist and the surgeon have joined in the hue and cry against the innocent grinders. I, too, have partaken of this mob psychology, for I am proposing to the members of the American Laryngological Association that 60, and perhaps 80, per cent, rather than 20 per cent, would be a more accurate estimate of the dental complications in maxillary sinus infections.

I have been impressed with the frequency of dead or abscessed

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