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June 1962

Fluoridation. Its Moral and Political Aspects: A New and Comprehensive Study

Arch Intern Med. 1962;109(6):771. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620180133024

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The Pied Piper of Hamlin, the dancing mania, certain elements of the Crusades, religious wars, the burning of witches, tortures for heresy, and the self-mutilations of Corybantian orgies are somber historic illustrations that "The capacity of the human mind to deceive itself knows no limits." As a minor league or perhaps bush league example of a latter day instance of such tortured confusions and misconceptions the future may well look back on the paranoia provoked by such a simple problem as prophylactic fluoridation to reduce the incidence of dental caries. Exner, aided and abetted by the greater New York Committee Opposed to Fluoridation, symbolizes the testimonial approach which the most convinced zealot may mistake for evidence. This tract illustrates once more that freedom to criticize does not imply license and that righteous indignation, no matter how devout, does not establish accuracy or raise up the light of truth.

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