The passage of the Army Reorganization Bill with its section creating a Corps of Dental Surgeons for the U. S. Army, makes an epoch in the history of modern dental surgery; an epoch which has never had its counterpart before in the history of the world, the influence of which is destined to be far-reaching in its beneficent results, and of great importance in the elevation of our educational and professional standards.
When we take into consideration the fact that modern dentistry covers, in its growth and development, a period less than the lifetime of many individuals, we have good reason to be proud of its achievements. Sixty years ago there was no such thing in existence as a dental college; a dental journal had not been thought of, or a scientific dental society organized. The practice of dentistry at this time was, with few exceptions, in the hands of
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