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January 1958

The American Fluoridation Experiment.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;101(1):161. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260130175026

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If we had very delicate but inordinately capacious scales with mystical capacities we could estimate the quantity of hatred and hostility extant in the world. Often in the past this has been channeled off into extravagant polemics amongst those who exchanged hostilities and thus were able to discharge some of the evil force of hatred. Scientists, being men, are not impervious to emotions. These may get so far out of control as to vitiate or simply neutralize their best intellectual efforts. In "The American Fluoridation Experiment" is condensed a large measure of invective describing fluoridation as a gigantic plot to poison us all. It is a remarkable example of the testimonial approach toward reality illustrating by bald statement and breathless innuendo what the authors denounce as a similar technique on the part of those on the other side of the fluoride curtain. The problem at issue is relatively simple. As

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