A discussion of the symptom known as glossodynia is of academic rather than practical importance, from the standpoint of the physician, because such cases are rather infrequently seen. A search of the records of the Mayo Clinic reveals only forty-eight such cases. From the standpoint of the patient the disease is of utmost and paramount concern, however, as it is most distressing and incapacitating. This may be attributable to the fact that this symptom predominantly affects people whose threshold for pain is relatively low. Because of the extreme distress incident to the condition, because of the inadequacy in coping with it, and to stimulate interest in the subject, an attempt has been made to determine, if possible, some of the factors in its etiology and the means by which some patients have obtained relief, as well as any other information pertinent to the problem.
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