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June 17, 1939

Fundamentals of Dentistry in Medicine and Public Health

JAMA. 1939;112(24):2558. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800240074029

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There is but little justification for the hearty and generous endorsement of this book included with other matter in the foreword. The crude drawing reproduced in figure 1 is perhaps symbolic of the work as a whole. This is a longitudinal and not a "cross section"; even a hasty comparison of it with the very accurate illustration of a similar tooth section in the Spalteholz Anatomy (vol. 3, p. 485) reveals its many serious inaccuracies. A satisfactory presentation of the relationships of the teeth to the jaw structures cannot be shown in a single illustration. Cross sections of tooth roots could have been used advantageously, as well as illustrations depicting the position of the tooth roots with reference to the maxillary sinus, the mandibular canal and the mental foramens. Debatable concepts are introduced as accepted facts, such as that hypoplasia of deciduous teeth is a relatively common occurrence, that Hutchinson's

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