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JAMA 100 Years Ago
July 17, 2002

True for Both Dentist and Physician.

Author Affiliations

JenniferReiling, Assistant Editor

JAMA. 2002;288(3):289. doi:10.1001/jama.288.3.289-JJY20014-2-1

You must aim to have an unsullied character. The dentist has the most intimate relation with his patients; and he owes it to himself and others that his thoughts and example should be elevating. You can not separate your private from your professional character. The habitual Sabbath breaker, the irreverent scoffer, the foul blasphemer, or the sensualist who dishonors God, and does violence to the most sacred feelings of the human heart, does not deserve a place in any honorable profession. . . . The demand of the age is for the best; and he who hopes for success must come to his calling thoroughly prepared. Without this the lawyer is a pettifogger, the craftsman a tinker, the doctor a quack, and, need I add, that the man who writes "dentist" after his name without a thorough knowledge of his calling combines them all—a pettifogger, tinker and quack. Gentlemen, you owe it to yourselves to take the highest ground for the honor of your profession.—From address of W.W. Alport to the graduates of the Ohio College of Dental Surgery, published in The Bur.

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