This handsome set of Transactions records the gathering of the greatest number of prominent practitioners of the dental art, and it is certainly a tribute to the fecundity and the great scope of medical science when one of its youngest departments can prepare and promulgate a scientific work of this character. Few realize the immense strides which the art of dentistry has made in the last few years, and although dentists in America were fond of pointing to this and the other one of their number as an example of the high scientific standard which American dentistry had attained, it was reserved for the French Commission, who visited America in 1887, to give to the dentists of the United States the proud position of the first rank in the dental art.1 It was appropriate, then, that this first International Congress should be held in the United States, not only on
Transactions of the World's Columbian Dental Congress, in two volumes. JAMA. 1895;XXIV(16):607–608. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430160035027
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