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June 16, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(24):1522-1523. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610240014003a

In preparing this paper I have had before me the time cards of several of the very best dental schools that this country has produced. Some of these have rather nominal university connection; some have considerable university control; some have close medical school affiliations. Such figures as I use are obtained by averaging those derived from these schedules.

The question is not one of condemnation of the dental course as now existing. Lest there be some misunderstanding in this regard, I hasten to say that the average dental course is better than the average medical course. I will even state the matter more strongly: For the average dental student any good dental course is better than is the best medical course for the average medical student.

Unquestionably the past demand has been, and the present one is, for a dentist who can meet the ordinary questions that arise in the

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