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July 30, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(5):405. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740570051026

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Dental Caries in Native Children  Several investigators have been working at the problem of carious teeth in native children, but so far few of the results have been published. Recently Prof. Middleton Shaw of the Dental School of the Faculty of Medicine of the Witwatersrand University has published his conclusions based on the study of the available data. He states that the chief predisposing cause of caries at present is the bad diet of recent generations; there is no cause operating today which renders teeth more susceptible to bacteria; there is no difference or degenerative change in the microscopic structure of the teeth at present as compared with those of our ancestors thousands of years ago. These conclusions are in direct opposition to the views of the Mellanbys, who hold that carious teeth constitute an avitaminosis. The data collected from extensive investigations of native school children in this country show,

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