Dental Science

Dental Science

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ... a successful practice. By far the largest number of teeth presented for a dental operation are not only in a pathological condition, but in such a pathological condition as to demand a careful investigation of disease and to require a change of conditions by therapeutical treatment, as necessary means of saving them. Much more attention has been given by the profession to Therapeutics than to Pathology. But to study therapeutics independently of pathology is of no more use than to study the literature of a medical almanac. To treat disease by name and not by nature, is quackery. To use medicines by name and not according to their nature is also quackery. To treat disease, however simple its form, rationally and successfully, requires a knowledge of the working of disease underneath the surface and hidden from view. Disease must be treated according to its hidden nature. Pathology treats of both the visible and hidden workings of disease. Not to know pathology is to sacrifice to the forcep hundreds of teeth annually, that might have been saved had their diseased condition been understood and rationally treated. We speak of diseased action, implying the operation of a force within the tissues; not necessarily a new force, but the normal physiological force perverted; a force tending by perverted functions to tear down what it had before built up and supported. As we have positive and negative electricity so we may have positive and negative physiology. Pathology is negative physiology. This change of activities within the tissues is usually a fact of self-consciousness. The individual feels it sensibly, and expresses it in words with a meaning experimentally familiar to all mankind, ---such as soreness, pain, inflammation, swelling, and a..
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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123692827X
  • 9781236928276