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October 5, 1940

Dental Caries

JAMA. 1940;115(14):1223. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810400075038

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This is the compilation of 195 summaries from observers and investigators in twenty-five countries followed by a general analysis, presumably by the secretary of the committee. The material for compilation was obtained by circularization of an "open letter to all investigators throughout the world in the field of dental caries" and directed to "each living person who, from research or clinical observation, has published findings and conclusions that bear in any way, directly or indirectly, on the cause or control of dental caries in man or animals." Further in the preface this statement is made: "It was not our purpose to evaluate the findings and conclusions in this book, nor to suggest which views may be regarded as most significant. Presumably, these functions will be performed publicly by reviewers and special students of caries." In spite of this the general analysis is of no little assistance in bringing order out

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