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July 26, 1941

Food, Teeth and Larceny

JAMA. 1941;117(4):325. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820300089034

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This is a relatively voluminous discussion of a special variety of the fake accident racket, namely injury to the teeth and mouth from foreign bodies in food, in which dentists as well as physicians may be involved, innocently or otherwise. It includes descriptions of numerous typical alleged accidents, of adequate and unsatisfactory professional examinations and of court proceedings in cases that came to trial, concluding with recommendations for the management and handling of such accidents, both real and alleged. It will serve as a useful reference work for all concerned with this type of accident, whether physician, dentist, lawyer, food handler or layman.

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