In this age of strenuous activity and rapid advancement, when personal gain often seems to be the sole object of professional work, the necessity for a medical education in dental practice may be denied by the narrow-minded in either profession.
The development of specialties in recent years has created a spirit of commercialism in which completeness of education is neglected, and only those studies acquired that can be quickly turned to money. In no specialty has this tendency been more marked than in dentistry.
If concentration of energy and study makes the successful specialist on all medical lines, may not the dentist claim an added opportunity for even greater ability because of the mechanical skill required in his work.
The way upward in dentistry, not unlike all other professional paths of to-day, through cheap competition and unethical practice, is hard enough at best and requires the use of every possible
STEEVES AM. IS A MEDICAL EDUCATION A NECESSARY QUALIFICATION FOR DENTAL PRACTICE. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(25):1600–1601. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610250012003c
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