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May 1969


Am J Dis Child. 1969;117(5):603-604. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1969.02100030605023

To The Editor.—The contents of the report, "Effective Use of Comprehensive Pediatric Care," by Dr. Alpert et al, in The Journal (116:529-533 [Nov] 1968) were both interesting and thought provoking.

I noted that the authors emphasized the role performed by the members of the health team, which included the physician, the nurse, and the social worker. Inasmuch as the American Academy of Pediatrics has indicated that dental care constitutes one of the services to be incorporated within comprehensive pediatric care, it seems somewhat anachronistic that all mention of dental care has been omitted from the description of their clinical program.

When one considers the findings of the most recently published Survey of Dentistry,1 which revealed: (1) that 97% of all 6-yearold children have experienced dental decay; (2) that 50% of all 2-year-old children have

Editors of the American Journal of Diseases of Children believe that pertinent letters-to-the-editor regarding