Medicine: Black Picture

If everyone in the U.S. over the age of 15 had his teeth fixed, the bill would come to $3,860,000,000 ($47.19 a head). Such was the estimate which Dr. Raymond M. Walls, chairman of the American Dental Association's economics committee, presented to the dentists' annual convention in Houston last week. Other dismal figures on U.S. teeth:

> According to A.D.A.'s past president, Dr. Arthur Hastings Merritt of Manhattan, the incidence of tooth decay today is as bad as it was 100 years ago, even though dental care is better. Said he: "People spend $1,600,000,000 a year on tobacco, and this is...

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