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September 3, 1887

CONSERVATIVE DENTISTRY.Read in the Section on Dental and Oral Surgery, at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1887,

JAMA. 1887;IX(10):303-305. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400090015002b

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Abstract

I have chosen for the subject of my brief paper "Conservative" or "Preservative Dentistry," and my only apology for presenting such a paper as this, is the hope that it may draw out some discussion, and do something toward clearing the minds of many general practitioners of medicine from fallacies, inherent from a lack of a proper appreciation of this subject and a prejudice which many of them must have obtained from the constant rantings and railings about the lamentable ignorance of the Doctor of Medicine, by some of the would-be lights of the dental specialty. I will be excused in the light of the above in making this paper deal largely in generalities; thinking by thus doing that the mind of the general practitioner may enlarge upon these generalities, and through them we may hope to enlighten the laity, who are, as a rule, willing to do anything which

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