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September 1944


Arch Otolaryngol. 1944;40(3):164-166. doi:10.1001/archotol.1944.00680020218003

Vincent's infection with its many varied expressions is a common disease among German prisoners of war at the camp from which this report is made. Statistics gathered by the dental department at the station hospital reveal an unusually high incidence of neglect of oral hygiene in these prisoners. Whether this is a wilful neglect or a temporary exigency is rather difficult to ascertain. War and related factors (nutritional deficiencies in childhood resulting in poor substructure, new environments, exposure to new types of diseases and emotional stress and strain) have led to diminution in their overall bodily resistance, particularly their ectodermal resistance; their mesoderm, too, has betrayed in many instances an original lack of resistance as well as a subsequent decline of what might have been present originally.

REPORT OF TWO CASES  This is not intended to be an ultrascientific report, with so many dissections that the original anatomy is no

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