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Dr. Arthur Bushel, WWII Army dentist and pioneer in fluoridation, dies

Dr. Arthur Bushel, WWII Army dentist and pioneer in fluoridation, dies
Dr. Arthur Bushel, a retired dentist who taught at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and was an expert on fluoridation, died Nov. 21 at age 99.

Arthur Bushel, a retired dentist who taught at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and was an expert on fluoridation, died of complications of normal pressure hydrocephalus Nov.He followed his father and also became a dentist, graduating from the Columbia University School of Dentistry in 1943 and returning after the war to Columbia to earn a master’s degree in public health.“After the war he decided to go into public health and gave up the idea of a private practice.He also collaborated with New York City health commissioner Leona Baumgartner to modernize the city’s public health programs.

Bushel’s two proudest accomplishments in New York were fluoridating the water supply in 1964 and creating the Public Health Research Institute of the City of New York, which operated like a small-scale National Institutes of Health to produce studies on major issues such asbestosis, methadone treatment, and the measles vaccine.“We were fortunate to have had Art at the School to teach the many lessons he learned firsthand on the front lines of public health,” she said.

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