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June 17, 1944


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Department of Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.

JAMA. 1944;125(7):512. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850250052023

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To the Editor:—  In the May 6 issue of The Journal the editorial entitled "Salivary Amylase and Dental Caries" properly emphasizes the significance of the findings that a direct relationship exists between the diastatic activity of saliva and the incidence of dental caries. However, credit for the discovery is misplaced. It should have been given to Florestano, Faber and James (J. Am. Dent. A.28:1799 [Nov.] 1941), whose complete paper on the subject appeared well over two years ago. The editorial does not mention these workers but gives all the credit to Turner and Crane (Science99:262 [March 31] 1944), whose preliminary paper was published less than two months ago. Probably the oversight was due to the failure of Turner and Crane to cite the paper by Florestano and his associates. Whatever might be the reason for the error, attention should be called to this correction.

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