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September 17, 1898

Is there Danger in Employment of Female Assistants by Dental Surgeons?

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(12):670. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450120044016

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Abstract

La Porte, Ind., Sept. 12. 1898.

To the Editor:  —Should dental surgeons employ female assistants? It would seem not if the following cases can be proven to be more than a coincidence. Some years ago a dentist in our city had a young woman in his employ to assist in his surgical operations. After remaining in the office several years she was married, and in due time an infant appeared upon the scene with a hare lip and cleft palate. The young woman who next assumed her duties in the office remained eight years, when she became a wife, and recently gave birth to a daughter with the same horrid deformity. I would like to hear from the profession if similar cases are on record.

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