Dental histology and pathology are yet in the embryonal stage, less advanced, perhaps, than any other kindred subject. With the exception of a few, we can not claim special micro-workers. Little encouragement is given to prosecute the subject. The technic is difficult and unsatisfactory at the best, and our schools are content to teach the subject in such a brief elementary way that a student graduates in dental surgery with but a slight knowledge of the barest facts concerning the structures that compose the teeth. It is needless to urge that this is wrong, such a fact is self-evident. An exact knowledge of structure always aids in understanding the function of a part, and is absolutely essential to a clear idea of its diseases and to rational treatment. If we do not know the arrangement of enamel, we are in danger of splitting the tooth in chiseling. We can not
LATHAM VA. THE TECHNIC AND PATHOLOGY OF THE PERIDENTAL MEMBRANE. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(2):69–71. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440020021001h
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