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February 12, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(7):508-511. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550330001001b

AIM OF PROPHYLAXIS  The aim of the prophylactist is to obtain an immune condition of the mouth. The purpose of operating, the object of manipulation, the end of treatment is to produce immunity from disease. Surgeons and dentists are a unit on this point. It is a universal ideal for which we are striving.But we differ in regard to the selection of instruments, the art of operating, and the methods of surgical treatment. Let each man choose for himself the means by which he can accomplish the best results. The subject has been presented in the ablest manner possible, in all of its phases, before the societies and in the journals. I leave the consideration of prophylaxis in relation to surgery to the oral surgeon."The prevention of disease by operations performed with instruments on the mouth" is the clinical definition

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