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July 19, 1902

Opposes Making Dentists Semi-Physicians.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(3):150. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480290034019

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Chicago, Ill., June 21, 1902.

To the Editor:  —Dr. Peck's plan to teach physical diagnosis to dentists seems to me a highly superfluous one. To gradually make the 40,000 dentists in this country semi-doctors is to add to the already much overcrowded medical profession an additional burden. The doctor seems to forget that a man who is not licensed to practice medicine has no business to do so, and if making a physical diagnosis and then advising the patient along such lines is not practice of medicine, what is it? He forgets, too, that while the dentist in such instances gets remunerated for his part of the work the doctor is thrown out of his legitimate fee. Nearly every patient who goes to a dentist is the patient of some physician, and it would be the height of discourtesy, to say nothing of the lack of necessity in 99/100 of

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