Fauchard, Boerhaave, and the pathogenesis of periodontitis in the 17th and 18th centuries

Roger Seiler, Francesco M. Galassi, Frank J. Rühli

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Abstract

Dear Editor,
Periodontitis is a chronic oral infection of the supporting dental tissue that occurs in response to accumulation of dental plaque. It is also considered to be a risk factor for a set of diseases, including cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Periodontitis is well recorded in the palaeopathological literature, and one of its oldest cases is thought to be that of a juvenile Australopithecus Africanus dating back to 2.5–3 million years ago. Determining the antiquity and historical presentations of medical conditions can help shed more light on their evolutionary history...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-228
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Journal of Oral Sciences
Volume125
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • periodontal disease
  • history of medicine
  • Boerhaave, Hermann
  • Fauchard, Pierre

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