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Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, 1916–2016: A Dental School on University Lines

by Allan Formicola Columbia University Press
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In 1916, Columbia University acquired the New York Post-graduate School of Dentistry and the New York School of Dental Hygiene and established its own College of Dental Medicine. To those working in the health sciences, the move was a powerful signal of a field on the rise. It recognized dental medicine as a key component of individual and social well-being and initiated a monumental era in medical innovation and progressive public health outcomes.

This hundred-year history shares the turbulent story of dentistry, a medical field in the making. It recounts the institutional battles and research controversies that set the terms for the development and practice of dentistry. The assimilation of the dental school into the university system was not smooth. Rivalries played out in public and in private; traditionalists fought the inclusion of a young and evolving medical approach. Once the school found its footing, the College of Dental Medicine developed rapidly, and by the end of the twentieth century, had successfully launched a series of global outreach programs that immeasurably helped impoverished and underserved communities worldwide. The school's work now includes transitioning the field into the digital age and effecting even greater change in the lives of those without access to high-quality dental care. Featuring fascinating biographical details of the school's major teachers, administrators, and graduates, this book cements the reputation of Columbia University's College of Dental Medicine as a global leader in advancing the public good.

1. 1916–1941: A Dental School on University Lines
2. 1941–1978: Living Up to Standards: The Difficult Years
3. 1978–2001: The Leap to the Future: Reaching Out
4. 2001–2013: The New Millennium: The School of Dental and Oral Surgery Becomes the College of Dental Medicine
5. 2013–2016 and Beyond: Plans for the Next 100 Years
6. Students and Alumni
Appendix 1: The Founding Document
Appendix 2: The Predecessor Institutions from 1852 Through 1923
Appendix 3: Letter from Victor S. Koussow to Arthur T. Rowe
Appendix 4: Funded Search Studies in the 2014-2015 Year
Appendix 5: Members of the College of Dental Medicine Board of Advisors
Appendix 6: Presidents of the Alumni Organization
Appendix 7: Columbia University Alumni Distinguished Service Medal Awardees
Appendix 8: College of Dental Medicine Distinguished Alumni Awardees
Appendix 9: A Snapshot of Distinguished Graduates of the College of Dental Medicine
Appendix 10: The Deans of the Dental School and Directors of the Dental Hygiene Program
Appendix 11: Milestones in the History of the College of Dental Medicine: 1916-2016

Formicola has done an outstanding job with this well-written, factual, and interesting history of the past hundred years at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. It is a significant contribution to the history of dental education and an appropriate historical tribute to the school.

Allan Formicola is dean emeritus of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Subsequent to his appointment as dean, he established the Center for Community Health Partnership at Columbia University, which merged with the Center for Family Medicine. He is the coauthor, with Lourdes Hernandez-Cordero, of Mobilizing the Community for Better Health: What the Rest of America Can Learn from Northern Manhattan (Columbia, 2010).