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September 29, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXIII(13):511. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421180029004

A writer in Les Noveaux Remedies for Sept. 8, 1894, says that "the teeth of the Americans are without doubt the worst in the world." "Also," says this most interesting person, "this eminently practical people have long since renounced the employment of the inferior products furnished by nature, for their substitute, artificial teeth." The writer then produces some statistics to show that some 8,000,000 false teeth have been sold in the last year. He also cites the statistics of M. Max de Nansouty, who has made a calculation to show the number of pounds of gold used in filling teeth in the United States. This amount, he asserts, is not less than 800 kilograms which represents about 2,500,000 francs. All this precious metal we are told, "is buried with the Yankees when they die," and on this assertion this Martinus Scriblerus splutters, "supposing that this continues during some hundreds of

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