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To the Editor:
—I have read the answer on drainage of apical teeth abscesses, which interested me very much, believing, as I have for several years, that something should be done to curb the needless sacrifice of every tooth that an enthusiastic dentist thinks is infected, and should come out. I am consulted every week by some person who desires me to say what he or she should do relative to a dentist's advice to have certain teeth extracted. Recalling the writing of Dr. Benjamin Rush more than 100 years ago plus more than thirty-five years' practice of medicine, I am constrained at times to suggest "going slower"; but, as you know, it is a dangerous thing for a physician past 50 to make such suggestion. It makes him liable to be termed "good man, but a leetle behind the time." This I fear constrains some good doctors, with large
Way JH. "DRAINAGE OF APICAL ABSCESSES OF TEETH". JAMA. 1925;84(1):55. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660270059030