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June 25, 1910


Author Affiliations

Professor of Oral Surgery, University of Pennsylvania PHILADELPHIA

JAMA. 1910;LIV(26):2112-2118. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550520010005

The question of medical education for the dentist has been under discussion for many years, and it will probably continue to be a subject of discussion for many years to come. At the first meeting of the International Association of Stomatology, held in Paris, August, 1907, that body settled to its own satisfaction these two points, first, that a complete medical education must be required of every dentist; second, that the word stomatology was defined as meaning diseases pertaining to the mouth. A stomatologist is one who treats diseases of the mouth. In consideration of these two settled principles, the following series of questions was formulated and discussion requested:

  • "When is it best to begin the special studies; during the time of the general medical studies or immediately after these?"

  • "Advantage and disadvantage of each."

    1. "Special studies begun during the general medical course."

    2. "Special studies begun immediately after the general

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