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November 13, 1937

Principles and Practice of Public Health Dentistry

JAMA. 1937;109(20):1663. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780460073036

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Beginning with a discussion of the evolution of preventive dentistry, this work covers the organization of dentistry and public health, the rôle of official and unofficial public health agencies in dentistry and the dental public health program. The great amount of material assembled, with accompanying bibliographies, makes it an extremely valuable source book on nearly all phases of dentistry. It shares the defects, as well as the advantages, of any book which attempts to cover so wide a field. The attitude toward sickness insurance and the field of the state in medicine is indefinite and is weakened by almost exclusive dependence on nonmedical writings, many of which are already outdated and some of which have been largely discredited. It is strange that in such a comprehensive discussion there is practically no reference to studies prepared by medical or dental organizations, some of which, at least, are much better sources of

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