On the Loss of Teeth: And on the Best Means of Restoring Them

Simpkin and Marshall, 1858 - 61 Seiten

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Seite 50 - It is not my intention now to go further into the discussion of this subject, than to observe, that if analogy be allowed to have any weight in the argument, it is wholly on that side of the question which I have just taken. Those animals,, whose teeth and digestive apparatus most nearly resemble our own, namely, the apes and monkeys, are undoubtedly frugivorous ; but as, from their organization, they are necessarily tropical animals, and without the gift of reason, by which they might have overcome...
Seite 49 - I think, going too far to say, that every fact connected with the human organization goes to prove, that man was originally formed a frugivorous animal, and therefore, probably, tropical or nearly so, with regard to his geographical situation. This opinion is principally derived from the formation of his teeth and digestive organs, as well as from the character of his skin, and the general structure of his limbs.
Seite 11 - Teeth is such, that they deserve our utmost attention, as well with respect to the preservation of them, when in a healthy state, as to the methods of curing them, when diseased. They require this attention, not only for the preservation of themselves, as instruments useful to the body, but also on account of other parts with which they are connected; for diseases in the Teeth are apt to produce diseases in the neighbouring parts, frequently of very serious consequences ; as will evidently appear...
Seite 47 - The opinion which I venture to give has not been hastily formed, nor without what appeared to me sufficient grounds. It is not, I think, going too far to say, that every fact connected with human organization goes to prove that man was originally formed a frugivorous animal, and therefore probably tropical, or nearly so, in his geographical situation.
Seite 24 - ... action and construction to the human mouth with its teeth; when he succeeded not only in making it pronounce the consonants, but words, and even the sentences quoted above. He had previously imitated the tongue and its actions. The fact is interesting, not only as a rare instance of human ingenuity, but also as exhibiting in a most striking light the beautiful adaptation of parts to their respective functions, and that so perfect are the contrivances...
Seite 6 - It not unfrequently happens that parts the most remote become the apparent seat of pain, from the exposure of the nerve of a tooth. I have seen this occur not only in the face, over the scalp, in the ear, or underneath the lower jaw, but down the neck, over the shoulder, and along the whole length of the arm.
Seite 46 - FROM the foregoing view of the nature and offices of the different classes of the teeth, it appears that their structure and uses are more perfectly equalized in the human subject, than in any other animal. It is true that, in some tribes of animals, whose habits require the greatest possible extension of the office of a particular class of teeth, a corresponding development of that class is found to take place, to a much greater degree than in man. Thus, in the carnivora, the cuspidati are greatly...
Seite 60 - ... decomposition, and the decaying substance consequently becomes more or less darkened. Whatever tends to irritate and inflame the gum, must in a greater or less degree produce a corresponding irritation in the teeth, from the close connexion which subsists between them ; and hence the accumulation of tartar, portions of food remaining between the teeth, or any similar circumstance, may possibly become an exciting cause of gangrene ; and this, not only by means of inflammation propagated through...
Seite 56 - ... neighbouring parts will form a subject for separate consideration, it is unnecessary here to do more than to mention that it often happens, after the lapse of a considerable period subsequent to the constitution having been saturated with mercury, that the teeth begin to evince a general tendency to decay. To the profuse administration of this remedy in tropical diseases we may, I think, in a great measure, attribute the injury which a residence in hot climates so frequently inflicts on the teeth.
Seite 53 - ... common and remarkable of the former class. It often happens that this tendency -exists in either the whole, or great part of a family of children, where one of the parents had been similarly affected; and this is true to so great an extent, that I have very commonly seen the same tooth, and even the same part of the tooth, affected in several individuals of the family, and at about the same age. In other instances, where there are many children, amongst whom there exists a distinct division into...

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