Book Reviews
August 1947

Dentistry, An Agency of Health Service.

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Edited by Malcolm Carr, D.D.S. New York Academy of Medicine. Price, $1.50. Pp. xxiv + 219; no illustrations. New York: The Commonwealth Fund, Division of Publications, 1946.

Am J Dis Child. 1947;74(2):253. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1947.02030010261016

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This book was prepared by many authors, under the direction of Dr. Carr, and published as part of the series on "Medicine and the Changing Order." There is a brief but accurate chapter on the historical development of the dental profession; another on undergraduate and graduate education in dentistry, and some carefully prepared statements on the present status of dental schools and hospital dental service, as well as an analysis of the present status of dental service in the United States.

Throughout the book emphasis is placed on the scientific and technical progress which has been made in dentistry and the urgent need at present of improving the procedures in preventive dentistry. The dental profession appears to be on the threshold of discovering methods for controlling, if not entirely preventing, dental caries in children; but the fact remains that at the present time the teeth of the children of this

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