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October 1963

Dental Caries and the Pediatrician

Am J Dis Child. 1963;106(4):349. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080050351001

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Under the above caption a statement was published in a lead article in the August, 1963, number of the American Journal of Diseases of Children. The editorial appeared over the name of W. C. Black, MD, and expressed the strong personal prejudice of the author against the use of fluorine in community water supplies. The article was most unfortunate and has produced a storm of protesting and indignant letters from pediatricians, dentists, and medical scientists over the country. The letters have been explicit in calling attention to errors of commission and omission in logical deductive thinking and to dogmatic statements in support of which there is no foundation in fact.

It is always true that the harm done by the appearance in print in an otherwise reputable journal of ill-considered material can not be counterbalanced completely by the publication of corrections and denials. Nevertheless it is clear that the point

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