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MOUTH INFECTION AS A SOURCE OF SYSTEMIC DISEASE

FRANK BILLINGS, M.D.
JAMA. 1914;LXIII(23):2024-2025. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570230034010.
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The subject assigned is "Mouth Infection as a Source of Systemic Disease." I shall confine my remarks to infection of the jaws (alveolar infection) as related to systemic disease. Many radiographic films of the jaws have been made from patients in our clinic at Rush Medical College and the Presbyterian Hospital suffering from chronic arthritis. One film shows an alveolar abscess occurring in a patient with Hodgkin's disease. These films as a means of recognition of alveolar infection are not new to members of this section, but this method of examination of alveolar disease is not sufficiently utilized by dentists and physicians generally. It should be used, for by no other method may one know the exact condition of the alveoli and roots of the teeth. Alveolar infection and abscesses may be primary and due to unhygienic conditions of the mouth and I am sure it is often intensified and

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