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September 12, 1994

Myths of Dental-Induced Endocarditis

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Lawrenceville, NJ

Arch Intern Med. 1994;154(17):1994. doi:10.1001/archinte.1994.00420170142016

I thought that Wahl's review article on dentalinduced endocarditis1 was excellent. His suggestion for a placebo-controlled study on antibiotic prophylaxis for infected endocarditis may have some merit. However, I wonder how he would present this to patients. Would Wahl suggest that he or a member of his family with an organic heart lesion not receive antibiotics prior to dental cleaning?

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