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August 19, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(8):512-513. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510080010002

The recognition of dentistry as a specialty of medicine by the American Medical Association and the International Medical Congresses, marks one of the happiest epochs in the history of both professions, for it has opened the way for a mutual understanding of conditions and study of theories beneficial to both, and destined to promote in no small degree the health and happiness of the human race.

The goal of both professions is practically identical, embracing as it does, all honorable means for the relief of suffering and for the cure and prevention of disease.

Within comparatively few years, the medical profession has made giant strides in preventing epidemics of plague, cholera, yellow fever and malaria, and is to-day waging a relentless war, and one which will ultimately be successful, against the greatest of all scourges, tuberculosis.

Dentistry is no unworthy member of the great medical family, and many of its

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