By Tracey L Adams
The historic improvement of dentistry as a career in Ontario from the overdue 19th century to the tip of the 1st global conflict is used as a case learn to discover the importance of gender, relatively masculinity, within the formation of professions. Adams argues that gender used to be important to the institution of the dental career. over the years, dentistry built from being a exchange to garnering expert prestige. The early dentists labored to recruit, and certainly dependent the career in this kind of manner as to recruit, middle-class white males into the occupation. Gender and sophistication divisions have been drawn upon either to outline and legit expert roles and claims to expert prestige; by means of definition, a certified was once a gentleman.
.A Dentist and a Gentleman. makes use of historic files together with dental journals and dental board and organization assembly mins to aspect either the major occasions within the institution of the dental career and the efforts leaders to outline and constitution their career to fulfill the gentlemanly perfect. .A Dentist and a Gentleman. is a interesting social historical past for somebody drawn to occupation production and gender and professions.
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Dental board members seem to have found the examination process frustrating, and they were eager to find other ways of raising the standard of dentists entering the profession in Ontario. One of the board's first actions was to set the criteria for entrance into the profession by those new to dentistry. Candidates for a dental licence had to have apprenticed with a licensed dentist for a period of two years, and had to The Rise of the Dental Profession in Ontario 37 pass an exam, set by the board, in nine subjects, including anatomy, chemistry, and various aspects of dental practice (Shosenberg 1992).
For those who could afford them, dentures were in high demand as the complete or partial loss of teeth was a common problem. Making dentures at this time required a significant amount of skill and often involved the use of real teeth. Some dentists actually bought healthy teeth from the poor and extracted them so that they could be implanted in, or used to make dentures for, the mouths of the wealthy (Bremner 1964). Dentistry in this era, thus, catered to a very select and limited clientele. Dentists themselves were scarce and variably trained, and they usually combined dentistry with other trades and occupations.
Increased demand for dental services meant that dentists' ability to make a good living from dental practice improved. Accordingly, the number of dentists practising in Ontario gradually increased. However, it was still difficult for even a trained and educated dentist to sustain a full-time practice by remaining in one place. Dentists usually had practices that covered a wide area (Gullett 1971). Typically, they would establish a base office in a town or city, but they would also serve the surrounding towns and countryside.
A Dentist and a Gentleman: Gender and the Rise of Dentistry in Ontario by Tracey L Adams