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Sensitivity and Specificity

Concern and pain

STRAW MEN, RED HERRING
DENTAL POLITICS.

toothacheThe January 2011 Journal of Craniomandibular Practice editorial The Price of Freedom by Dr. David Miller chronicles the twenty five year efforts of Dr. Charles Greene and a small group of his anti-°©‐instrumentation academics and researchers to discredit the use of measurement devices that assist the clinician in diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular disorders 1 In a larger sense, this argument and its proponents have repeatedly discredited the use of all treatment modalities that involve physical/functional/occlusal factors in TMD. This is why this issue is significant to all dentists who successfully treat patients suffering from craniomandibular/ temporomandibular disorders.

In 2010, publishing anti-°©‐instrumentation diatribes in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) and Journal of Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontics (JOOOE) Greene again uses the specious and scientifically untenable sensitivity and specificity argument to summarily dismiss the scientific credibility of using computerized measurement instrumentation as aids in diagnosis and treatment of TMD.

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