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June 23, 1900

LIMITATIONS IN DENTAL EDUCATION.

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FELLOW OF THE CHICAGO ACADEMY OF MEDICINE. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(25):1599-1600. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610250011003b
Abstract

In dealing with limitations in dental education, we are brought face to face with their greatest evil—di-divorcement of dental from medical teaching. Removal of a special department from general medicine and tuition along narrow lines have so narrowed teaching that even diseases of the general system which affect the mouth, jaws and teeth are excluded. The medical profession has been content to let the dentist entirely alone. In studying systemic diseases, therefore, it has not trespassed on the field of dentistry. The result is that study of the general diseases which affect the mouth, jaws and teeth have been neglected. Limitations of a dental education have prevented the dentist from associating local diseases with systemic causes.

The very title, "Doctor of Dental Surgery," has so closely and exclusively limited the profession, as it is called, that the dentist is known by the laity as doctor of the teeth. A letter

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