Medicine: For Dental Cripples

Until last summer, when the Army decided not to look its gift horses in the mouth, bad teeth were the largest cause for rejecting drafted men (20.9% of rejected candidates). Now some 2,500,000 "dental cripples," whose teeth may unfit them for service at any time, are being drafted for the 11,000,000-man U.S. Army. Manhattan Dentist Charles L. Hyser has a plan, published last fortnight in Pepper Committee hearings, for making all 2,500,000 dental fit within a year, for about $25 apiece. Estimated average needs per man: two bridges, two extractions, five inlays, two fillings, numerous X rays.

Dr. Hyser believes that the...

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