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October 1, 1938


JAMA. 1938;111(14):1315. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790400061022

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To the Editor:—  While there are some problems pertaining to dental caries which remain unsolved, there are innumerable well established facts relating to it which are widely known and generally accepted. Dr. Schour in his article on calcium metabolism and the teeth in The Journal (March 19, p. 870), logically and dispassionately stated these facts and fairly summarized the present status of dental caries. While it is not meant that his studies are complete or final, the chemicoparasitic theory to which he subscribes will not be modified and the data on which he bases his conclusions will not be disproved. It was, therefore, regrettable and confusing that an article of such outstanding merit should have been questioned by Dr. McCall (The Journal, July 23, p. 338), particularly since the criticisms were based on so little and as yet controversial evidence.Since the days of Miller it has been almost universally

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