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Jaw Surgery in France
Private Harry W. Glenn wrote this letter to his parents while stationed in France. He tells them of the difficulty he has been having with his teeth, including a recent surgery he went through to remove an abscess that formed in his jaw. Glenn writes that he has been diagnosed with Necrosis Mandible, known today as Osteonecrosis, which was possibly caused by exposure to a toxic agent such as mustard gas. Despite the loss of many teeth, Glenn seems to be looking on the bright side, saying he finds ways to help out at the hospital and makes himself useful.