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April 19, 1941

Control of Pain in Dental Practice: A Symposium conducted by the Academy of Stomatology, Philadelphia

JAMA. 1941;116(16):1880. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820160132032

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In this symposium on pain the participants represented the fields of anatomy, histology, physiology, psychology and psychiatry, pharmacology, materia medica and operative dentistry. It is in no sense a textbook on anesthesia or pain but is definitely worth reading by those anxious to attain great proficiency in the art of control of pain and by those interested in this subject. It deals with local more than with general anesthesia and is appropriately divided into eight chapters on the basis of the grouping suggested. As stated in the introduction: "the chapters... contain much new material, concisely and simply presented"; and especially designed for the "general practitioner of dentistry—his needs, his wants and his interests." But little fault can be found with the subject matter; perhaps it is too concise and too brief. With respect to buffered anesthetic solutions, it seems likely that the clinician discussing their use has never employed them

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