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March 23, 1940

Public Health Dentistry and Health Security: A Text-Workbook for Students and Practitioners

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By Alfred J. Asgis, Sc.B., M.A., D.D.S., Assistant Professor of Oral Surgery, New York University College of Dentistry, New York. Boards. Price, $3.50. No pagination. New York: Clinical Press, 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(12):1104. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810120076040

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The outlines of lectures with accompanying quiz questions, bibliographies and examination are intended as the basis of a course to fit dentists for positions in the public health service. As a pioneer effort it gives an impression of uncertainty as to subject matter and considerable superficiality in treatment of some material. This is especially striking in the section on "Health Security and Dental Socio-Economics," and particularly in the treatment of health insurance, state medicine and socialized medicine, where the bibliography includes almost nothing except the writings of insurance propagandists and the outline shows a lack of any thorough study of the subject.

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