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About this Site
Background & Editorial Responsibility
This site came to be through the convergence of interested faculty at the University
of Michigan School of Dentistry and the physical deterioration of the older journal volumes
in the collection of the UM Dentistry Library. Review of the older journal volumes by
a conservation expert indicated that much of that part of the collection was already too
brittle for interventions designed to save the original. While options are being explored
to save large portions of the collection, faculty expressed an interest in finding an
interim solution to identify and make available the more important articles from this
collection. The collection is restricted from photocopying without the permission of the
librarian, which allowed us to identify selected articles which are still in demand.
Other criteria were developed to reflect the breadth and diversity of this important
collection. This initial draft version of From the Dental Archives is a rough
prototype for purposes of demonstration and to solicit feedback. Feedback may be
sent to Pat Anderson, Head, Dentistry Library, University of Michigan,
About the Banner
The background of the banner is a selection from the April 1924 cover of the Journal
of the American Dental Association, the same issue which announced the first meeting
of the American Academy of Dental Schools. The background color of the covers at that
time was lavender, the official color of the profession of Dentistry. (Vacanti, 1983).
About the Icon
The caduceus which is being used as the icon or logo of the site was scanned from an
article by William Gies in the Journal of the Allied Dental Societies. This article
was entitled: Independent Journalism Versus Trade Journalism in Dentistry.
and was the beginning of a vigorous debate about the merits and drawbacks of
commercial subsidies for research journals. In this article, Gies particularly
criticized Dental Cosmos, which was actually one of the most relied upon
dental journals of the day. The logo is actually the Dental Cosmos logo
(as reproduced in the Gies article criticizing it), and was associated with the
slogan: "Observe, compare, reflect, record."
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Date last edited: May 13, 1999.