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A backward glance for a year or two upon what has been accomplished affords ground for encouragement.
While, as is the case in almost every department of human occupation, there is a dark and a bright side, aspects discouraging and encouraging, yet it is quite apparent to the unbiased and faithful observer, that the dark side is becoming diminished in extent and lessened in intensity, and the bright is extending in all directions and assuming an increasing brightness. Discouragements are fading and encouragements growing.
I will for a brief time endeavor to direct attention to a few things that seem to afford warrant for this statement. If we look to the mere practical matters of our profession it is quite apparent that never before was there such an intense interest and earnestness shown as at the present time; never were practical methods, processes, instruments, appliances and materials examined, criticised and
TAFT J. ADDRESS OF THE CHAIRMAN—PROGRESS AND NEEDS OF DENTISTRY. Delivered before the Section of Oral and Dental Surgery, at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich. June, 1892. JAMA. 1892;XIX(27):770–773. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420270008001b
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