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Mineralization of Human Enamel


SINCE the publication in 1940 of Diamond and Weinmann's work on amelogenesis1, there has been, with a few exceptions2–5, widespread support for their views on enamel mineralization. The findings of a recent investigation in this laboratory, however, show that the later stages of mineralization of the enamel do not occur as outlined in the Diamond and Weinmann theory.

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ALLAN, J. Mineralization of Human Enamel. Nature 180, 1362–1363 (1957).

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