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Read in the Section on Oral and Dental Surgery of American Medical Association, May, 1884.
In saying endangered pulps I mean cases where the pulps have but little of the natural covering of dentine in the depths of cavities, which covering is very apt to be more or less tainted by disease, that is by the agents that have produced caries.
Let us look at the conditions here existing. There is acid with fermentive action, often in full sway, seeming at first sight to demand the most decided and effective neutralizing and corrective applications. But, just beyond lie some of the most highly and delicately organized tissues of the whole body; fibres, that if rudely set vibrating will be likely to continue or repeat their vibrations in a very serious way; tissue, which if inflamed, there is none more doubtful of survival; and we must remember that the life of
WILLIAMS JL. ON ASSURING HEALTHY DENTINE OVER ENDANGERED DANGERED PULPS.. JAMA. 1885;IV(2):33-34. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390770005001a