Pyorrhea Alveolaris. By John Fitzgerald, L.D.S. London, Eng.: The Medical Publishing Co., Ltd. 1899.
These two works are devoted to a subject which has attracted, and deservedly so, considerable attention from both the medical and dental professions. Until the appearance of the present works, it must be admitted that the disease, since its first description by Dr. J. N. Riggs, Hartford, Conn., has remained in a state of chaos as regards its etiology, pathology and treatment. It has been charged to the influence of civilization, but is as old as man, nay as old as his pliocene precursors. The two works under consideration agree in many respects, especially that the nomenclature of the disease—pyorrhea alveolaris—is especially unfortunate, since the term can be appropriately applied only to the later stages of the disorder. The work of Talbot is by far the more comprehensive and thorough, and gives an excellent summary of