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March 28, 1986

Gerodontology Deals With All Gerodontology

JAMA. 1986;255(12):1571-1572. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370120045016

To the Editor.—  The March 8, 1985, issue of The Journal1 carried an important article dealing with gerodontology—the study of dentition and dental problems of elderly persons. The article was timely, well written, and important to the development of gerodontology. However, we feel that one point deserves clarification. In discussing the editor of Gerodontics, Ms Goldsmith notes that, "His journal [Gerodontics] is the first one to be specifically devoted to all aspects of its subject—not just research...." Earlier in the article, Ms Goldsmith points out that the results of research studies in this area are published in Gerodontology, which began publication in 1982. The overall impression gained is that Gerodontology deals only with research issues. We respectfully submit that Gerodontology deals with all clinical and research aspects of gerodontology and has from its inception (Gerodontology 1982;1:1-40) and its statement of purpose in the first issue clearly indicated this.