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LEGISLATION. The question of legislation towards fair and equitable recognition and standing of the dentist in the Army and Navy has received the thoughtful consideration which this important question warrants. A majority of the Committee on Legislation visited Washington early this year prepared to submit a bill that would improve the status of the dentist in both branches of the Service. The Committee was well received by the Surgeon-General of both the Army and Navy; both recognize the need of and importance of dental service, and it is the opinion of the Committee that they are favorable to such legislation as will improve the standing and efficiency of the dental corps. The Committee held a conference with Chairman Hay of the House Committee, and while he is favorable to the proposed changes in the law, gested to the committee that it would be better to defer introduction of the new bill until the next session of Congress. The Committee are very hopeful that in the near future we will receive the desired legislation. It is their opinion that this whole question of dealing with the Federal officials should be left to the Committee of the National Dental Association, and they suggest that committees from other organizations refrain from making suggestions or trying to influence legislation. It must be apparent to all that this work should be handled entirely by the Committee that represents the National organization. Reports from many states indicate that laws governing the practice of dentistry have been amended so that both the profession and the citizen is better safeguarded.

amounting to about four thousand dollars was turned over to the National Dental Association for the purpose of a National Dental Association Relief Fund. It was thought by many that this splendid amount would be a nucleus for a great fund, and would stimulate generous contributions from the individual members of the profession, but there has been few contributions. A plan was recommended by which state societies could raise their dues one dollar a year, this extra dollar to go to the relief fund. Only two societies took favorable action on the sug. gestion. The sale of dental Relief Seals each Christmas while not discouraging, has not come up to expectations, and the result is that the amount in the custody of the Treasurer does not reflect credit

an organization of nearly sixteen thousand members, the great majority of whom are successful practitioners. The British Dental Association with a membership of less than a third of the Na. tional have carried on for years a very successful benevolent association. The Relief Committee has labored hard, they have done all they can to raise a respectable fund. They now feel that it is up to the members of the Association to say what shall be done. There are only two ways we can move, either advance or retire, there can be no more sidestepping.





Ever since Dr. Noel in his address in Asheville recommended that some provision should be made for our aged and invalid members numerous schemes and plans have been tried, to create a fund for this very worthy purpose. The bal.

from the San Francisco fund

In the revision of the Constitution and By-Laws it would seem as tho by some oversight no provision was made for this very important department. Familiar as we are today with the relationship of mouth conditions to the general system and knowing what great good has come from the oral hygiene propaganda, it must be plain to all that if we hope to advance in this great work we must have national, state and local cooperation; to this end, I respectfully recommend to the House of Delegates that


an Oral Hygiene or Public Service Commission be made one of the standing committees of the association.

the Geneva Cross was contrary to the law except for the purpose for which it was created. It has generally been considered proper to use the Red Cross in connection with anything that pertained to the care of the sick and injured. It can only be used by the Red Cross Society. The Cross of the Medical profession is green; that of the veterinary blue, and it has been suggested by Dr. C. R. E. Koch, Chairman of the Committee that inasmuch as lilac is the dental color our cross should be lilac.

The appointing of dentists in the army and navy of our own country and in practically all the armies of Europe, and the prominence that dentistry has attained in the last few years, warrants us in adopting a badge. I would therefore suggest, that the recommendations of Dr. Koch be acted upon and adopted by the National Dental Association.



WOUNDED. Among the many important questions discussed at Ann Arbor in January, was that of the dental surgeon at the front and the great need of funds to support and carry on the work they are doing. The whole world realizes that no in history compares with the present conflict in point of men engaged and numbers wounded, and on account of the method of warfare many of the wounds are in the head and jaws. The surgeons of Europe appreciating the skill of the dentist and his particular fitness for this work, have appealed to the dental prosession of Europe to help in caring for the suffering soldiers; hundreds are giving their service, the profession of Europe are doing all in their power to aid, and an appeal comes to America to help them. A committee was appointed and it was decided to raise a fund to be used thru the

Red Cross Society. The scheme adopted to secure funds was the issuing of a booklet containing twenty coupons or certificates, each coupon tu sell for twenty-five cents. The hope was that a dentist would buy one or more of these booklets, seil the certificates to friends, and in this way secure a splendid amount for the cause. I regret to say the results are anything but creditable. I hope that during the several meetings held in conjunction with the congress an earnest appeal will be made, which will result in a generous contribution to our over-sea colleagues and the noble work they are engaged in.




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We frequently hear the statement, that no profession or calling has made greater advancement during the past fifty years than dentistry. Some may dispute this claim, however, I think we can state that the past year shows a record which we all

are proud of. The challenge from the medical profession that we as

the greater responsibilities has been accepted. From every state we hear of earnest efforts to acquire the science and technic essential to modern practice. Believing that a good index to the work and progress of the profession would be found in the programs provided for the different societies during the year, I wrote to the Secretary of every state society and the Secretary of societies in cities of over fifty thousand requesting them to send me a copy of their program for the year; the response was splendid. Practically every one replied and I take this opportunity of thanking them for their prompt sponse.

What a pleasure and satisfaction it



When the booklet containing the certificates on which were printed the Red Cross was ready for distribution the chairman was informed that the use of



to read over those programs. In Wand generosity of an American dentist, the main they were of the highest order. who had a vision of what dentistry some While not overlooking the practical sub- day would require, one of the leading jects, the great majority had several features of the dedicatory exercises was papers on scientific subjects,; on ques- the conferring of honorary degrees on a tions that must be understood to practice number of our colleagues who well merthe dentistry of today. It was indeed ited the distinction and honor. gratifying to note that a large number of the societies were cultivating closer re

THE FUTURE. lations with our medical brothers. From During the past year dentistry has every section leading medical men, many been more discussed than any other proof them of national reputation, have con- fessional calling. The daily papers, the tributed papers on subjects closely al- monthly and weekly magazines, the writlied with dentistry. Alive to the neces- ers of fiction, the movies and even drasity of a broader and greater dental matists have vied with one another in knowledge, the Faculties Association in

featuring dentistry, and the part it plays session at Ann Arbor, after thoro

in the comfort, health and even life of discussion of the needs of better college the human race. The medical profession training unanimously supported a resolu

have taken a very definite stand on the tion to the effect that beginning with the relationship, between the oral cavity and session of 1917-18 the course for the de

conditions therein, and the general sysgree of Doctor of Dental Surgery shall

tem. This stand we heartily support, we be four years of thirty-two weeks each

deeply appreciate the advice and co-opyear; every faculty in the country is now

eration of the scientific, thoro, honest giving serious thought on the question of

medical brother. The dental profession curriculum.

is in need of his counsel for we must acThe completion and dedication of the

knowledge that the education of the denForsyth Dental Infirmary for Children in tist in the past has been such that diagBoston, was not only one of the leading nosis was not his strong fort. events of the year, but it truly stands as The members of this Association which one of the most important in the history represents the best in our profession, of dentistry. This splendid institution must in some way, either thru study which represents the last word in in- clubs, postgraduate courses, special lecfirmary completeness cannot be fully ap- tures or extensive reading, get a better preciated, unless seen. The splendid re- knowledge of the chemistry, pathology, ports of the grand work being done there and bacteriology of the mouth, before clearly demonstrates the necessity for we can hope to intelligently discuss consimilar institutions in large cities ditions which must necessarily bring thruout the country. Already the ex- dentist and physician in consultation, ample, set by the Forsyths has been em- we must have this greater and broader ulated by another good man, Mr. East- knowledge to combat and offset the perman, of Rochester, who will give to his nicious activity, insolence and demands home city an infirmary endowed with of that class of physicians who because $750,000. The dedication of the Evans some authority makes the statement that Institute in connection with the dental the teeth in a certain case was the cause department of the University of Pennsyl- of serious systemic disorders, comes to vania is another event that makes the the conclusion that every crowned or year 1915 memorable in dental annals. pulpless tooth or inflamed gingiva calls This magnificent addition to the profes- for extraction. Many of our patients sion was made possible by the success

terror-stricken thru the exagger



ated reports of the teeth being responsible for all the ills that flesh is heir to; to offset this menace it should be the aim of every component society to bring about a better understanding between the two professions in their districts.

There is another menace confronting us from this hysteria and it is the most serious of all for it comes from within the ranks and this is the tendency on the part of many dentists to capitalize this fear that has such a grip on patients. I do not believe there ever were so many high class fakirs as at the present. These men are not without skill or judgment, they are without consience. Their motto is “Get the Money." A stricter adherence to that code embraced in three words—The Golden Rule --would be beneficial to us all. The demand for honest dental service is tremendous. We have the confidence of our patients, let us see that this confidence is not betrayed.

In conclusion, I desire to thank the officers, trustees, committeemen and all who have contributed their time, energy and influence during the past year to the upbuilding of this splendid organization. To Dr. Melendy I am indeed grate

ful for accepting the responsibility and work of the Treasurer on the death of our dear colleague, Dr. McFadden, and in behalf of the National Dental Association, and for myself personally, I desire to say that no words can adequately express our appreciation of our Secretary and acting editor Dr. King. Members, but a few of you have the slightest idea of the work this man accomplishes. Like the poet, he was born, not made. Το you, members of the House of Delegates, I offer my thanks for the loyalty you have shown by coming, many of you, clear across the continent, to attend to the business of our association, and to the members of the National Dental Association, I thank you for the great honor you did me by electing me your President for the past year.

I have but one request to make of you, and that is that during the next year you will be boosters for the association. The growth this year is three thousand. Next year it must be greater. I believe that our meeting next year will be the greatest in the history of the Association. Let us adopt the slogan suggested by our Secretary, "20,000 members in 1916.We can get them, if we want them."




Held at San Francisco, California, September 1-2, 1915.

First Session-Wednesday, September 1, 1915.

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