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July 2, 1955

Fluoridation as a Public Health Measure

JAMA. 1955;158(9):795. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960090089018

This book attempts to compress into one small volume all of the information on the controlled fluoridation of municipal water supplies that is necessary for an understanding of this procedure by physicians, dentists, public health workers, civic officials, and others who have a responsibility for decisions in this area. It is the third monograph dealing with fluorides and public water supplies published within a period of 12 years by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This suggests the rapid accumulation of data and the shift of emphasis from fluoride as a dental hazard to fluoride for the development of resistance to dental disease. A large part of the book consists of documented reviews; the remainder outlines original observations. The selection and handling of the material represents a compromise between a nontechnical survey and a detailed reference work.

The book discusses dental benefits, general physiological effects, engineering aspects and

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