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November 5, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXXI(19):1107-1110. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450190031002l

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Speaking of dentition in the concrete, the importance of the subject looms up considerably when we remember that there are fifty-three dental colleges in the United States, with more than fifteen hundred graduates, interested and employed in the science and art of the care and treatment of the teeth; or in more modern terms, doctors, whose practice is limited to oral surgery. And such proportions is this assuming that ere long we shall have to add to the three learned professions—theology, medicine and law—a fourth; namely, dentistry, and the instructors in our medical colleges will have to enlarge the curriculum more fully, embracing this important branch of medical knowledge, or there will be other Edward Brannigans, D.D.S., besides the one who addressed you last year at Philadelphia, whose words will be somewhat of a reproach on our lack of this necessary knowledge.

I wish here to call your attention to

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