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January 9, 1886


JAMA. 1886;VI(2):36-39. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250010044003

On different occasions during my period of practice, I have been requested by patients to explain why it is that dentists seem to know so little about art. What can I say, more than to confess that I do not know? I have found repeatedly that such a reply does not in any sense afford satisfaction to the inquirer, or tend to extricate me from an embarrassing position, but only serves to push me more deeply into difficulties. The query in the outset was prompted, probably, by a passing thought, and had they received any convincing reply, their momentary inquisitiveness would have been gratified and the subject dropped then and there. But, perceiving my inability to give any reason why a profession so entirely made up of artistic requirements, should have no facilities for cultivating anæsthetic taste in the dental colleges, their curiosity naturally became aroused, and I regretted that

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