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An Analysis of Anti-Fluoridation Letters

Robert M. O'Shea and S. Stephen Kegeles
Journal of Health and Human Behavior
Vol. 4, No. 2 (Summer, 1963), pp. 135-140
DOI: 10.2307/2948886
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2948886
Page Count: 6
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An Analysis of Anti-Fluoridation Letters
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Abstract

Content analysis of 376 letters sent to federal officials over 10 years arguing against fluoridation were divided into 4 categories: (1) fluoridation causes physical harm; (2) has not been scientifically proven; (3) is a threat to individual rights; and (4) is uneconomical. Three-fourths of the letter-writers used the first and third arguments. No single fundamental argument was found, since the writers apparently were equally liable to use either rights or harm as their chief objection.

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