On the Inconveniences of Artificial Teeth in the Insane.—It can be easily understood how disagreeable symptoms will follow if false teeth be left in the mouth of a lunatic who has not the sense necessary to remove them at night, keep them clean, and so on. It does appear, however, rather startling to suggest that the employment of artificial teeth can stand in etiological relation to general paralysis. This Dr. Sizaret does, though in an apologetic manner. He says:—“Besides the inconveniences which may be justly attributed to the employment of false teeth in lunatics, it has occurred to me that there may be others less manifest but much more to be feared. This idea has been suggested to me by the cases of general paralysis which I have noticed, and in which I am inclined to see an etiological relation to their use. If this supposition appears far-fetched and without foundation, I think it will find its excuse in the gravity and frequence of the disease and in the necessity of not neglecting any information relating to it.”
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