Medicine: Dentists' Progress

Mankind's teeth are not in very good condition. This was the considered judgment of some 15,000 dentists from 54 nations who met in Boston last week for the first time since 1935.

Dentist Maurice E. Peters of Boston struck the convention keynote when he cried: "We seem to have developed to the stage where the exodontist takes them out and the prosthodontist puts them back, not only decoratively, but quite efficiently and expensively. But is that dentistry? . . . Why should people go to dentists for dental care and end up with artificial teeth?"

The dentists hopefully concentrated on preventive measures. There...

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