"We will not anticipate the past, our retrospection will be all of the future."
It is my purpose in this short paper to take a hasty retrospective glance at the history of dental education in the United State, that I may hold before you for a moment a picture of progress that has seldom been equaled in the history of educational advancement, and then to change the view and hold before you another picture, a prospective view, the realization of which will be no more difficult to us and our children than was that of the first picture to our fathers and ourselves.
"Past and to come seems best; things present worse."
Shakespeare never wrote a truer line than this, for, if we were satisfied with the present, there would be no progress in the future. Satisfaction with the present brought decay and ruin on the ancient Egyptians and on
MARSHALL JS. DENTAL EDUCATION.A RETROSPECTIVE AND PROSPECTIVE VIEW.. JAMA. 1904;XLII(25):1614-1619. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92490700014002b