JUNIOR CLASS HISTORY.
N that memorable 4th day of October. 1910, about fifty of the most
promising junior hoys of the Southern Dental College gathered in
their lecture hall to greet and be greeted by their Dean and Professors.
Our first month was mostly spent in relating the pleasures and
advantages of the past vacation, telling of our wonderful "bushwhacking''
practice, of numberless extractions and numerous contour gold fillings. One
distinguished member was telling of the pains he took in the placing of a
contour in a central incisor, which covered about half of the tooth, but he
was not sure whether the nerve was dead or alive, although he said it had
cement and a gutta-percha point for some reason in the bottom of the cavity.
But alas, the appearance of skulls and cross hones came to hinder our con¬
versations and bring thoughts of the "green room" to our minds. At first
we were filled with fear, but when our clever and painstaking demonstrator.
Dr. Claude A. Smith, was introduced all of our fearfulness disappeared, for
we found him to be a friend in teaching us to describe the "petrous portion of
the temporal bone."
When we began our laboratory work a new field confronted us. In our
prosthetic laboratory we were greatly benefited by our little demonstrator. I >r.
Thaddeus Morrison, and his assistant, Dr. C. T. Brooks. To them we want to
extend our thankfulness for their great benefit. In our chemical laboratory
we had Dr. Davidson, assisted by Drs. Dunwoody and Aven. Here we learned
to prepare hydrogen, oxygen, make Marsh's test for arsenic and spill acid on our
clothes and hands.
During the early part of the year, a few of our members began to let their
mustache and side-burns grow. When Dr. Davidson gave his examination and
a number of them failed, he said: "Sprouting a mustache and growing side¬
burns does not learn chemistry." You would be surprised to know the num¬
ber that took a shave on that.
Now that we are about to say good-bye again for another vacation, as we
go from this institution, let us be gentlemen and pains-taking in our practice
as we endeavor to minister to Ihe needs of suffering humanity.
W. 0. Terry. Historian.