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July 16, 1887

ADDRESS IN DENTAL AND ORAL SURGERY.Delivered at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the America Medical Association, June, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;IX(3):65-68. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400020001001

The year which has just closed has been one of steady advancement in the department of Dental and Oral Surgery, though I am unable to report any particularly new discoveries or brilliant achievements.

The investigations in the etiology of dental caries by Drs. Miller, of Berlin, Mills and Underwood, of London, and Black and others of our own country are still being pursued by these gentlemen, but no recent important announcements have been made. The opinion that the disease is caused by micro-organisms developed in the mouth is, however, rapidly gaining ground, for the conclusions reached by these investigators point very strongly in that direction.

A great deal has also been written during the year upon the treatment of pyorrhoea alveolaris, but very little has been added to the knowledge we already possessed of its etiology. The most notable improvement in methods of treatment is that introduced by Dr. Adair.