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October 29, 1938

A History of Dentistry

JAMA. 1938;111(18):1687. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790440081026

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The best chapter of this history is the first one, on the antiquity of dental disease, included in the section devoted to the first era, which covers the period up to the time of the Arabian invasion of Europe. Scant sixteen pages are devoted to the second era, entitled the Dark Ages. This is unfortunate, as herein is laid the foundation for the modern period, or third era. The material for this last period is assembled in three chief portions, entitled France, Great Britain and the United States. In these chapters too much attention is paid to legislation and education. The text is arranged for the most part in the form of short encyclopedic paragraphs and without much continuity of thought. The point of view of the last chapter, on the crystallization of a new concept of dentistry, is narrow and should either be eliminated or greatly modified. The author

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