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This subject, like many others, has two aspects: the real and the ideal. Dentistry is in a transition period. Some years ago it was almost a mechanical art, but there have always been in the profession men who held high ideals, and through their earnestness, enthusiasm and work it is being rapidly transformed into an ideal profession. In its highest sense dentistry should be, and is, a specialism in medicine, and the work of a number of men in this country has demonstrated that the best results and greatest achievements may be derived by making it so.
There is a tendency in the civilized world toward specialization. It has been found that higher attainments can thus be reached. But on the other hand, through narrowing the field of work, we are apt to contract the mind, and thus we find that which we gain in skill compensated by a loss
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