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April 17, 1937

The Principles of Dental Medicine: The Medical Aspects of Dental Disease

JAMA. 1937;108(16):1369. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780160061030

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The author discusses the effect of the development of specialization on the practice of medicine and emphasizes the fact that the medical profession and to a still greater extent the dental profession have devoted most of their energy to the repair of the damage produced by disease rather than to the cure or prevention of disease. He follows the development of ideas in the history of medicine and points out how this development has contributed to the present condition. He discusses diathesis and emphasizes the well known clinical observation that teeth are lost either by caries or by pyorrhea and that in general the patient with caries does not have pyorrhea and the patient with pyorrhea does not suffer with decay of the teeth; he indicates that each of these two dental conditions is associated with different types of disease in the other organs and tissues of the body. The

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