Excerpt from The Dental Cosmos, 1890, Vol. 32: A Monthly Record of Dental Science; Devoted to the Interests of the Profession
It would probably be an interesting problem to trace the cause of this sensitiveness, but there it is. Interest is apt to go when it is seen that disinterestedness is not present, and information and knowledge are often unjustly discredited as a desire to advertise. Why is it, gentlemen, you do not breathe the air of the Shop with comfort? It is perfectly respectable to advertise it denotes business acumen to do it well. And then think of the advantages to business and professional men of using a clinic as an advertisement for a good patent by a skilled Operator. Where else could we have such a concentration of skilled and intelligent criticism on the one hand, or where so fine an opportunity to introduce our wares on the other as at, for instance, this dental association? And yet you grow restive. You astonish me. This is no unwarrantable act of interference on the part of the people pushing this thing. Is not your professional brother the inventor and patentee, and has he not a brother's right to be heard, to instruct, to teach? And has he not in the assistance of capital the very best agent for his purpose of placing this valuable invention where it will benefit you all, at the lowest possible figure, after reserving a fair profit? It certainly seems a clear case of common interest. You are interested as a man in bettering your working power, and as a dentist in improving that of the profession at large. The clinician and exhib itor is interested in the commendable intellectual pride of conquest, and also in the possible commercial recompense he will get the cap italist is interested in selling the machines. And yet, somehow, you do not seem to enjoy it. You must get over this squeamishness, and not retard the wheels of progress by foolish sentiment and undue and indefensible sensitiveness. That will never do.
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