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December 21, 1940

A Research Conference on the Cause and Prevention of Dental Caries, Chicago, Illinois, July First and Second, 1938

JAMA. 1940;115(25):2205. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810510081040

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This conference, held in July 1938, brought together representatives of eleven of the groups prominent in recent investigations in the field of dental caries from all over the United States and Canada. The proceedings contain not only the original papers but also a complete record of the discussion, which was both generous and critical. It therefore presents quite accurately the status of caries research as of July 1938 and, except for recent work in connection with fluorine and dental decay, gives a fair picture of the situation now, approximately two years later. It should be read not only by those who are interested or engaged in such research but also by all those who are concerned actively or otherwise in the prevention and about the cause of dental caries. It was truly characterized by one of the participants as "one of the most interesting presentations" ever listened to, but the

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