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October 7, 1933

The New Dentistry: A Phase of Preventive Medicine. Six Lowell Lectures.

JAMA. 1933;101(15):1180. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740400066044

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This volume consists of six lectures delivered as a Lowell Institute course in 1933. It traces the history of dentistry from the earliest times to the present, analyzing the American contribution, which, of course, is the chief contribution in the advancement of this science. Dr. Miner feels that there is no reason why dentistry should not develop, at least for the present, as an oral specialty of medicine. At the same time he does not feel that there is any sufficient reason why the student who proposes to practice dentistry should be obliged to submit to the entire discipline of the medical course before taking up his special dental studies. At the beginning of the nineteenth century there was no dental profession. The development of anesthesia, asepsis, the x-rays and American dental technic have been primarily responsible for its advance. Finally, the emphasis on the conception that the teeth are

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