Disappointed reader

April 1, 1998
I have read and enjoyed Dental Economics since before graduation. It has grown over the years and your column on "Pearls" has always been eagerly anticipated by me and has been a factor in Dental Economics` success.

I have read and enjoyed Dental Economics since before graduation. It has grown over the years and your column on "Pearls" has always been eagerly anticipated by me and has been a factor in Dental Economics` success.

However, I think the article on "Going from ignorance" ... Page 68 in the October 1997 issue was what appears to be a self-aggrandizing puff piece of nonsense unworthy of print. It is bad enough for the author to attempt to judge by implication other dentists while he hit his "hole in one," but the author borders on dishonesty or ignorance if he equates quality of dental care with a four-unit bridge or even with crown and bridge alone!

The art and science of dentistry must be much more than that if we are to be perceived as anything more than technicians with, in the author`s words, "supercompetence."

I don`t enjoy being critical to a journal important to dentistry, but I felt that I had to share my disappointment in the publication of that shallow article.

Kevin W. Toal, DDS, FADSA

St. Lous, MO

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