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January 9, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(2):86-88. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92490470014001c

While this is a hackneyed subject, it is one on which we ought to devote a great deal of thought. We stand before the public and the general profession as the guardians of the entrance to the alimentary canal, and these responsibilities laid on us determine many things in connection with the general health of our patrons. I am not unmindful that while we occupy a very limited field as to the actual work which we do, the far-reaching effect of the work, or lack of it, is easily demonstrable. It seems to me that we fall short of a just and broad comprehension of our responsibilities in many instances.

These responsibilities begin in our advising our patrons as to the care and carefulness with which the temporary teeth of the little ones should be protected, as well as advising as to the care of the permanent teeth which obtain

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