The physician has practiced his dental specialty for many years previous to the establishment of a dental college, which took place in about the year 1839. When conditions pertaining to the medical side of dentistry arose, in years gone by, it was customary for these cases to be referred to the medical specialist or general practitioner.
Dental colleges being organized and a more thorough medical knowledge being required, it was not so necessary for the opinion of a medical man in cases which involved the medical side of dentistry.
Dentistry is regarded by some as an art or science, rather than a specialty in medicine, for the average dentist is not a physician, has received no medical education whatever, and practically knows nothing about general medicine, or else has a very superficial knowledge of it. It will be useless for me to discuss or to dwell on this point, as
KNOWLES CW. THE PHYSICIAN AS A DENTIST. JAMA. 1905;XLV(8):514. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510080012002a
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