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August 10, 1929


Author Affiliations

New York

Professor of Periodontia, New York University College of Dentistry.

JAMA. 1929;93(6):475-476. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710060051026

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, May 4, appeared an article entitled "Stomatology," by A. Le Roy Johnson, D.M.D. This article constitutes an argument for a change in the method of conducting dental practice and in the education of dentists. In this article, he presents many statements regarding dentistry as it is practiced today, together with statements regarding the dental needs of the public as recognized today. Many of the statements he makes are of facts whose truth is admitted by all: other statements are open to question as to their accuracy. The important point is that the conclusions he draws are not acceptable to the dental profession as a whole, which is, despite Dr. Johnson's implication, sincerely interested in giving its patients that which will best serve both oral and general health.The dangerous thing about Dr. Johnson's article is not the statement of undoubted facts but the implication

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