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January 30, 1937

Oral Hygiene and the Treatment of Parodontal Diseases

JAMA. 1937;108(5):421. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780050077033

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Eighty-five pages are devoted to oral hygiene, oral prophylaxis and instructions to patients. The remainder is concerned with the treatment of parodontal diseases, inclusive only of gingivitis, pyorrhea, Vincent's disease and gingival atrophy. The sections covering the last four conditions and prophylaxis are adequate and to be commended. In the first part the author digresses from his subject by discussing oral sepsis at some length, and of the chapter on pyorrhea about eight pages are of a historical character. No mention is made of the course outlines suggested by the Curriculum Survey Committee of the American Association of Dental Schools, and the text is characterized by its lack of conformity with the recommendations of this committee. These facts impose rather unelastic limits on its usefulness as a school textbook and as an inclusive guide for the practitioner. The statement on page 10 that "large and small areas of necrotic change

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