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Background: Several medicaments have been used to devitalize remaining pulp or maintain pulp vitality and promote healing.
Minimal cautery use is generally recommended; the assumption is that cauterization devitalizes tissue, hindering the angiogenesis needed for wound repair.
The shift of focus from the spoken word and habits of auditory synthesis to the alphabeticized written word and visual synthesis (actuality is measured by picturability) devitalizes the universe, weakens the sense of presence in man's life-world, and in doing so tends to render this world profane, to make it an agglomeration of things" (p.