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March 30, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(13):1162. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.82970480011014b

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Malpractice: Skill and Care Required of Dentists.  This was an action for damages for injuries caused by the alleged negligence of the defendant dentist. The defendant's motion for a directed verdict was granted by the trial court so the plaintiff appealed to the Supreme Court of South Carolina.The defendant placed a substance in the plaintiff's mouth for the purpose of relining her denture. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant negligently allowed the substance to remain in her mouth too long (about 15 minutes) and did not attend her during the treatment or heed her complaints, with the result that her mouth was severely burned.When the plaintiff complained to the defendant the next day, he treated her mouth with an antiseptic. Later, on the defendant's recommendation, the plaintiff consulted a physician who treated her for burns of her gums, palate, and tongue. This physician testified as to her symptoms

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