Dear Mrs. Loesche and family:
Almost 5 years ago, Dr. Loesche visited Taiwan. I was so amazed by his talk on caries infection, I later became a royal reader of his landmark book, “Dental caries: a treatable infection”. Dr. Loesche was so kind to allow me to translate his book into Chinese. I am sorry that I cannot complete my commitment to him in time.
As a clinician, I was deeply touched by his statement that “where once the patient comes under the control of the dentist, his future caries activity is zero or is so low that restorative treatment is minimal”. Dr. Loesche helped us understand the nature of caries infection by having the big picture all in one place. The most fruitful scientific findings are not those of individual experiments, but those that organize knowledge into theory. Dr. Loesche's foresight changed the whole concept of treating dental patients.
The best way I can repay Dr. Loesche for his encouragement and inspiration is to spread his thoughts and implement it clinically. The translation will continue and the inspiration will go on forever.
Please accept my most sincere condolences.