Uniformity of dental laws and standards in the various states of this country has been a consummation long sought and most devoutly wished by those men who have followed, as well as those who have dictated and guided, the development of our educational methods, with a view to placing the dental profession of this country where it rightfully belongs before the civilized world.
The comparative ease with which the legal right to establish and maintain schools and colleges in any state or territory is secured is only exceeded by the great difficulties that have presented in all attempts to unify methods, curricula and standards for the conferring of the dental degree.As schools increased in number, the estimated value of the dental diploma became more and more an unknown and uncertain quantity, which condition resulted in an effort toward the establishment by the people, through their legislative representatives,
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