The title of my paper is somewhat misleading, as it is my object to dwell on the sad fact that therapeutics, general medicine and surgery have hardly any place in dentistry as practiced to-day by the vast majority of dentists. It is my intention to make this paper the first of a series on the subject.
What are the duties of a dentist? Nothing short of the preservation where possible, otherwise the restoration, of the buccal cavity, with its teeth and adjacent tissues, to its highest degree of normal physiologic proficiency. This, of course, includes the care, when necessary, of the mouth and all that concerns it, prior to the eruption of the deciduous teeth, the care of the deciduous teeth and the pre-erutive stages of the permanent set, together with the latter; it also calls for any manipulative or other interference—substitution and so on—required in order to
DRAY AR. GENERAL THERAPEUTICS AND SUEGEEY IN DENTISTRY. JAMA. 1910;LIV(8):608–610. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550340001001h
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