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June 11, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(24):2149-2150. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730500115019

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Raw Milk in the Prevention of Dental Caries  The work of Mrs. Mellanby appears to show that administration of vitamin D to children living under urban conditions diminishes the incidence of caries in teeth already formed (The Journal, Nov. 21, 1931, p. 1548; April 9, 1932, p. 1313). She has recently published evidence to show that if the diet is cereal free as well as rich in vitamin D the results are still better. But Mr. Evelyn Sprawson, director of dental studies at the London Hospital Dental School, has a somewhat different view. Before the Royal Society of Medicine he introduced evidence that raw milk, whether such as nature provides for the purpose or that of cows, has a profound influence on the development and calcification of the teeth of man and confers some immunity from caries. Since 1908 he has had under dental supervision hundreds of children in institutions.

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