The American Dental Association was organized in Washington, D. C., in July, 1860, by twenty-three delegates representing the chief dental societies and dental colleges then existing in the country.
The fifth annual meeting of the Association was held in Chicago during the last week in July, 1865, and its members were welcomed in a brief but excellent address by the late W. W. Allport, D.D.S., M.D., of that city. On the evening of July 27, 1865, during the annual meeting, I had the pleasure of entertaining the members in my own home, and was called on to respond to the following sentiment offered by Dr. C. W. Spaulding, then president of the Association: "To the President of the American Medical Association, Medicine, Surgery, and Dentistry, departments of a common science, their disciples should constitute a common brotherhood."1 I can not now, after thirty-five years have passed, give a better
DAVIS NS. DENTAL AND ORAL SURGERY. ITS RELATION TO THE GENERAL FIELD OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY, AND THE TRUE PROFESSIONAL STATUS OR RANK OF THE PROPERLY EDUCATED PRACTITIONER OF DENTAL AND ORAL SURGERY. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(24):1519–1522. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610240011003
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