1 January 1980
The writing of a history of the McGill dental school was first projected by the faculty two years ago to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the acceptance of students into the first year of a dental curriculum at this university. [...] He is a graduate of the Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, class of 1940, and at the time of graduation was the recipient of the Gold Medal for highest standing in the final year as well as the College of Dental Sur- geons of the Province of Quebec First Prize for excellence in the clinical examinations. [...] Dental Education In 1840 the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery was instituted and thus became the first dental school in the world.' In 1867 the Harvard University Dental School was established, becom- ing the first such school under the jurisdiction of a university, and the degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine was offered.' A short time after the Harvard School was founded, California State Univ [...] Indeed, in the Act respecting the College of Dental Surgeons of the Province of Quebec, up until its replacement by the Order of Dentists of Quebec in 1973, item 83 stated the following: "No person, except licensed physicians and surgeons, shall practise dental surgery in the Province before obtaining a licence from the Board." Today, however, physicians would be disciplined by the Professional Co [...] Later, when the Dental Col- lege of the Province of Quebec became affiliated with Bishop's College, the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery was conferred upon him.5 From the outset of his career, Beers was a prime mover in the advancement of the profession.