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October 17, 1891

DENTAL INFIRMARY PATIENTS: THE USE AND ABUSE OF DENTAL CHARITY.

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BALTIMORE, MD.

JAMA. 1891;XVII(16):590-595. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410940018001d

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Abstract

My object is to call attention to the abuse of dental charity, to illustrate its magnitude, and to protest (as every honest and independent man who wishes well to the profession and its respectability should) against the looseness with which dental colleges dispense their so-called charity—to "condemn the faultand not the actor of it;" for silence would give an indirect connection to practices which are lowering the prof ession in public estimation in the tendency of dental infirmaries to pauperize the people and to defraud dentists of rightful fees. So, judging of the proprieties and obligations of my position, I place the statements—dental infirmary patients: the use and abuse of dental charity—together, and propose to consider them in connection, because the evidence in regard to them constantly mingles.

You, gentlemen, familiar as you are with recent medical literature, if not appalled at the rapid growth of the dispensary evil, fully

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