The last decade has produced many writings calling attention to the part the oral cavity can play in health and disease; not alone of the health and disease of the mouth, but of the entire body as well; and this has changed the general opinion held in the past—that the mouth played only a small and insignificant part in the pathology of the human system.
Now, while these ten years have been productive of great changes for the betterment of knowledge and treatment, yet, to me, the one great institution which one would expect to do the greatest good for humanity has not produced results commensurate with its ability and opportunity. For about twenty years I have been associated with the service extended by a dental practitioner to several average hospitals, and during that time experience and observation have brought forth cogitations and deductions.
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