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Progress in Pediatrics
July 1938


Author Affiliations

From the Rees-Stealy Clinic and Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, San Francisco, and the Children's Hospital, Philadelphia.

Am J Dis Child. 1938;56(1):126-158. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1938.01980130135013

Acute diseases of the mouth are more common in infants and children than in adults. Most prevalent in the neonatal period, thrush is seldom seen after the teeth begin to erupt. During the second year another oral disease, characterized primarily by intense inflammation of the gums, oral fetor, fever and acute swelling of the regional lymph nodes, begins to appear with rapidly increasing frequency, reaching a peak in the third year, when it becomes the commonest of the acute diseases of the mouth which occur at any age. The purpose of this paper is to report the results of a clinical and microscopic study of 69 cases of this disease, which is variously known as Vincent's stomatitis, Vincent's angina, ulcerative or ulceromembranous stomatitis, necrotic stomatitis, fusospirochetal stomatitis, aphthous or aphthoulcerative stomatitis, trench mouth, etc. There are in all over thirty synonyms.1

This study was undertaken originally at the suggestion

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