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To the Editor.—I have received a news item from the University of California concerning the grant of $128,000 to the School of Dentistry at the University of California, San Francisco, for the rehabilitation of patients who have undergone head and neck surgery or irradiation for cancer. It is my opinion that the medical profession, in a way, has missed the point of its relationship to the dental profession.
The dentists are looking in more mouths than we are, and many of them are trained far beyond the level of an amalgam filling. Their work in research about the jaw bones, the teeth, the oral cavity has gone unnoticed by the medical profession. It is inadequate on our part to believe that dentists are limited to the extraction of abscessed teeth or the filling of carious teeth. In my opinion there is no question about their need and their value
JOHN CONLEY. REHABILITATION GRANT. Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;88(3):344–345. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00770010346029