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At the outstart, definitions are necessary, and it is well to state, that the term medicine includes all that the average practitioner would expect to do, who did not think of establishing himself in any one of the numberless so-called specialties of medicine. For convenience, I will call dentistry one of these specialties, although it might be shown, that it is so distinct and so peculiar as to make it well nigh a thing by itself and difficult to place with any of the specialties. If it be surgery, many operations consist in cutting out decayed parts in an organ so constituted that it has of itself no power to make use of the vis medicatrix naturæ, found in other organs and tissues, and with filling the same with some foreign material. The sole use of that material is to prevent further progress of the disease and to serve as
ROACH J. COMMON GROUND OF MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY.. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(9):412-414. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430610014002e