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April 1958

Head and Neck Pain in Temporomandibular Joint Disease and Muscle Spasm

Author Affiliations

New York
Adjunct dentist (for prosthodontia), Beth Israel Hospital.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;67(4):410-416. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730010422005

History  Pathological changes in the temporomandibular joint of early modern man have been reported.1 The surgeon of the Old Kingdom of Egypt, 3000 B. C., knew the anatomy of this joint. The earliest known surgical text, the Edwin Smith Papyrus,2 has one case, a "dislocation of the mandible," with the method of reduction that is still used today. In 1842, Cooper is said3 to have reported snapping in the temporomandibular joint, and in 1887 Annandale3 repositioned the articular disc and sutured it to the outer side of the joint. Lang has been named3 as the surgeon who introduced disc extirpation (1909). The role of the dental apparatus in temporomandibular joint disturbances was first noted by Prentiss4 and Summa5 in 1918. Costen6-10 and Goodfriend1113 in the early 1930's called attention to the diversity of symptoms produced by pathology of the temporomandibular joint,

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