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Article
June 30, 1900

SHOULD THE DENTAL STUDENT BE EDUCATED INDEPENDENTLY OF GENERAL MEDICINE?

Author Affiliations

MILWAUKEE, WIS.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(26):1661-1663. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610260005001c
Abstract

Only yesterday one commonly heard the statements: "These dental college graduates don't amount to anything, they are too theoretical; it is the practical man who learned in an office and never went to college that can fill teeth." "What's the use of a dentist studying anatomy and physiology and such things? He wants to learn to extract and make plates and put in fillings and not waste time on studying theory." A brief day finds all this passed away, profession and laity both demanding the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery, as at least a certificate of proper study and attainment.

Again we note the same old spirit giving out the idea that too much study of medical branches makes a less efficient operator, that such work must be curtailed in order that more time may be devoted to purely technical training, and every consideration subordinated to development of the

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