Dentistry: Old School, New Style

For the doctors and dentists assembled to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, one of the most promising aspects of the school's proud plans for the future was a reflection of its past. Contemporary dentistry's most urgent need, said Baltimore Dean John J. Salley, is to reinforce its intimate partnership with the science of medicine.

Back in 1840, when four Baltimore physicians got a state charter for the world's first dental college, dentistry was still largely concerned with replacement of defective or missing teeth. One of its most...

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