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November 1963

Dental Caries and the Pediatrician

Author Affiliations

Health Officer Jefferson County Department of Health Birmingham, Ala

Am J Dis Child. 1963;106(5):445. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080050443005

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To the Editor: The editorial entitled "Dental Caries and the Pediatrician," by Dr. W. C. Black, which appeared in the August issue is, indeed, disturbing. The opportunity of expressing one's beliefs is an American privilege. However, to speak editorially on an issue usually connotes at least partial support of the organization sponsoring the journal in which the editorial appears. The summation of opinion by Dr. Black certainly does not represent that expressed previously by the American Medical Association of which the American Journal of Diseases of Children is an official organ.

My concern is for those community health leaders who have worked so diligently for years trying to promote the fluoridation of public water supplies. Those of us in public health must be cognizant of the health needs of the total community, both rich and poor, educated and uneducated. We realize that only a minority of the citizenry can be

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