Regarding C.D. White and G.B. Silver

June 1, 2000
Is our profession really being served by the publication of such unsupported claims described by Dr. Dan Fischer as a "hypothetical chronology" for the 21st century? In his article in the January issue of Dental Economics, Dr. Fischer creates a fictional dentist, Dr. C.D. White, who discovers a wonderful new tooth-like product (composite), then he follows with a corny poem about the evils of dental amalgam. Dr. Fischer states, "We can`t let status quo or complacency dictate our science, our trea

Neil J. Bernard, DDS

Lafayette, La.

Is our profession really being served by the publication of such unsupported claims described by Dr. Dan Fischer as a "hypothetical chronology" for the 21st century? In his article in the January issue of Dental Economics, Dr. Fischer creates a fictional dentist, Dr. C.D. White, who discovers a wonderful new tooth-like product (composite), then he follows with a corny poem about the evils of dental amalgam. Dr. Fischer states, "We can`t let status quo or complacency dictate our science, our treatment, and our ethics." I would add that neither can fiction or poetry refute the scientific evidence that posterior composites -both direct and indirect - remain a problem in large restorations and cannot claim to provide anywhere near the longevity of amalgam.

I am sure Dr. Fischer enjoyed his self-gratifying foray into fiction and verse, but his claims of composites` properties are grossly overstated, as are his claims with reference to the negatives of dental amalgam. This is simply not supported by any scientific studies.

I would submit that such literary drivel be relegated to the supermarket tabloids. It is not worthy of publication in any serious periodical in this or any other century.

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