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 - 'Philadelphia Doctor a Critic Of "Tooth ai^d...
'Philadelphia Doctor a Critic Of "Tooth ai^d Toi^sil Jerkers" 17 . By STEPHEN' J. McDONOUGH (Associated Press Science Writer.) .' St. liiuis. May 16. (AP)— A wam- .ing against disease treatments by •"tooth-and ton-ill jerkers" was is• is• sued today before the 90th annual meeting of the. American Medical 'Association. • Conti-ary to popular and medical . opinion the teeth and tonsils are not as common a source as is believed of infecti^jn caustag rheumatism, arthritis, arthritis, and similar disuses. Dr. Hobart Hobart 4. Reiroarin and Dr. W. Paul Havens of Philadelphia dectred. The-contfibiitibn of these tissues to th4 cause pt general infections is I nogreater than that of other i tissues of the Ijody, .such as the r lymph; glands,; \ they' declared, but . Ejhce 'they are readily available Tor ; s'urglcftl, work their extraction ha.^ beconJB popiilar; Oftentime|S their removal may re-H . lieve ian infectious condition if it centeijs'in ah inflamed throat or a , pus pocket on a tooth root but many * supposedly ihfected teeth and ton••• ton••• sils aff€ not/ actually Infected and -. the Indiscriminatii removal i of them :, in the vague hope of ciorrebting the , geneifil Infeiition caohot be Justified, the, Philadelphia physidank said. So&a and othet-"focal" Infections which may cause blood poisoning, such IS splinters in the hand or rusty pails carrying tetanus germs, are ^objVious, they added, but the experience experience of 25 years "has not provide provide {sufficient evidence to waprant the.' routine extraction of teeth or renioval of tonsils m the hope of inftuehcing general systematic or reroute reroute ilisease." TJioiisands of persons m the United United States have had all. their teeth extxacted in the hope of gettmg relief; relief; from arthritis, rheumatism, or other conditions. Dr. Relnmnn de- clated. and still have it. Also thousands thousands of parents believe that tonsil extratjtions are certain msurancs against the occurrence of sore thjSoais. colds, and ear infections. Both groups are frequently disillusioned disillusioned I .^teiiuently tonsil and tooth Infections Infections [disappear when a person with a general infection improves. Dr. ReUnann added, indicating that the mouth an(l throat symptoms are a result j rather than-a cause, of such conditions. He urged physicians to dO; a thorough diagnosis of such caies instead of accepting the most likely cause and to remember that the complications of tooth and tonsil tonsil operations may be serious.

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  1. The Iola Register,
  2. 16 May 1939, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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