Medicine: Fight Over Fluoride

Not since 1856, when Indians almost captured them all, have Seattle citizens been so threshed up. Their city (pop. 463,000) is deep in a round of newspaper debates, public meetings, private arguments and brawls. Friendships have been strained, and Christian Scientists have taken counsel with medical doctors—all because of a proposal to put sodium fluoride in Seattle's drinking water.

The movement got started almost four years ago when the P.T.A. took notice of the condition of Seattle schoolchildren's teeth. They seemed appallingly bad—no doubt because of the lack of natural fluorine in the city's water. Why not put chemical fluorides in the...

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