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March 29, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(13):1476. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820130138031

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To the Editor:—  In the January 4 issue of The Journal, Francis P. McCarthy, in an article entitled "A Clinical and Pathologic Study of Oral Disease," detracts from an otherwise splendid and valuable presentation by including the following statement: "The oral cavity has always been a 'no man's land' as far as any group of physicians or dentists can claim a special knowledge of the multitude of lesions found in this domain."The oral cavity may be a "no man's land" from the stand-point of the general medical and dental practitioner, because neither gets sufficient training along this line in medical or dental school, each school apparently expecting the other to take care of this situation.There is a specialty, however, which covers the field of diseases of the oral cavity and associated parts in as competent a manner, generally speaking, as any other specialty of medicine covers its field.

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