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October 10, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(15):915. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490340023011

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In an article published not long since in one of our British contemporaries, Dr. Harry Campbell designated the period in which we live as the "age of pap," referring by this to the growing tendency to the omission from our diet of foods which require mastication. The teeth are becoming—to a certain extent at least—more and more functus officio organs. The result is that, as a United States official, Dr. Wiley, is lately reported as saying, the human race is becoming toothless. Wiley also includes hair in the cutaneous outgrowths which we are losing, but we trust that, if only for esthetic reasons, it will be a long time before the result he prophesies will be fully brought about. There is no doubt, however, that degeneration of the jaws and teeth, which has been progressing every since man became an intellectual animal and depended less on them for raptorial purposes,

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