Charging that the new Harvard School of Dental Medicine will divide the profession, into classes, the New Jersey Dental Society unanimously approved a report Friday calling on the state's Board of Dental Registration to strike the school from its list of accredited institutions.
When questioned last night, Dr. John W. Cooke '15, chairman of the committee for the curriculum of the school, said that "President Conant has asked us not to discuss the matter."
Dr. Frank J. Houghton, retiring president of the New Jersey organization, claimed that the plan, which will enable students to get both a degree of D.M.D. and one of M.D. after a five-year course, would "subjugate" the dental education to the medical. He further insisted that the scheme would set up a group of super-dentists, thus dividing the profession into classes. Claiming that the members of his profession had rejected a like plan 50 years ago, Dr. Houghton said that subsequent events had proved the wisdom of this decision.
The purpose of the new school, which opens in the fall, is to give dentists training in the medical field, removing the profession from the isolated position it now holds, and, to produce a more skilled group of dentists.
The preliminary plans for the new schools were announced last June, and a number of appointments have been made to the Faculty.