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August 27, 1910

THE CLOSE RELATION OF THE DENTIST TO THE PHYSICIAN

JAMA. 1910;55(9):752-754. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330090026007
Abstract

More intimate cooperation between dentist and physician would be beneficial alike to the patient and to the profession. Dentistry is a specialty of medicine; the stomatologist, with a broad knowledge of general medicine and a particular training in his own field, is exactly on a par with the oculist, the laryngologist or the obstetrician. Thorough knowledge of the principles of medicine must underlie all successful treatment of disease, and the patient must be regarded as an individual, not a collection of separate organs, each to be treated alone. Since one region of the body cannot be isolated from the entire organism or separated in its development, nutrition, function or diseases, neither can its treatment be a separate matter. The person attempting to treat one part of the system must understand the whole, at least broadly, in order to apply general pathology and therapeutics to his particular part. With this intelligent

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