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MCV/Q, Medical College of Virginia Quarterly
When your chairman invited me to meet with you to discuss some issues connecting psychiatry and dentistry, my immediate response was both intense and almost reflexive. I experienced an immediate strong uneasiness and desire to avoid facing you. This reaction impressed me as being neither rational nor appropriate, since my more sensible side could see good reasons for an exchange of views between dentists and psychiatrists. Therefore, as is the custom of most of us working in psychiatry, I tried to examine my own reaction, and in doing so came upon thoughts and feelings which indicated that I do not take a very objective, logical, or consistent attitude toward my dental colleagues and their work. So, before discussing how a psychiatrist listens to dental complaints, I thought it appropriate to share with you how this psychiatrist reacts to dentistry.
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