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November 15, 1884


JAMA. 1884;III(20):536-538. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390690004001a

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Chairman of the Section on Oral and Dental Surgery of the American Medical Association, May, 1884.

Mr. President and Gentlemen:

A rule of this Association requires the chairman of each Section to prepare and read a paper in general session descriptive of what has been accomplished in his respective Section for its advancement during the past year. If I were to follow strictly the rule I should confine myself to a resumé of the discoveries and advances made in oral and dental surgery during the last twelve months. These have been sufficiently numerous and important to furnish material for a far more extended address than I contemplate, and the subjects are especially inviting; nevertheless, I shall venture, with your kind permission, upon rather a wide departure from established custom in this respect, and in place of these matters shall briefly recapitulate the struggles through which this department of medicine has

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