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July 13, 1912


JAMA. 1912;LIX(2):109-111. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270070110010

That the mouth of the sick does not receive the attention that it should is, I think, a fact sufficiently well established not to need further proof submitted at this time. Any one of you stomatologists can, I am sure, cite case after case from your own private practices, in which your patients have presented themselves to your observation, after a prolonged illness, their teeth showing signs of rapid decay due to a period of the neglect of mouth hygiene.

I am sure that much evidence of the general neglect of the mouth of the helplessly ill has come to the notice of the dental surgeons attached to hospitals and especially those larger institutions with public or general wards. Any adverse criticism, therefore, that I may make of this condition must be assumed by the members of the dental profession as well as the medical.

That some feeble effort is

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