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JAMA 100 Years Ago
December 21, 2011

DENTISTRY—OLD AND NEW

JAMA. 2011;306(23):2624. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1750

The gradual accumulation of information with regard to old-time medicine and surgery has brought a general realization that in the broader outlines of these departments of medical practice there were many remarkable anticipations of modern developments. Dentistry, though considered peculiarly modern, has been found highly developed in the past. Many alleged interesting dental discoveries among the old Egyptian remains have been very hard to verify, and no specimens are now available to confirm the reports of a generation ago as regards filled teeth and various prosthetic apparatus. What has thus been lost with regard to old Egypt, however, has been more than compensated by discoveries in old tombs in other countries. The actual specimens of ancient dentistry may be seen in various European museums.

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