The Trade

The Trade! The Profession! The Public!

By Thaddeus P. Hyatt, D.D.S., F.A.C.D.


            The statement has been made that the dental trade and the dental profession should be kept separate –because- the objective of the profession is to give. This statement should receive thoughtful and careful consideration.

Have not taken for granted that the dental trade is merely one of the ordinary trades? Can we justly or even logically assume that the medical or dental trades are to be classed with brick makers, iron workers, manufacturers of fountain pens, etc., etc.? Are we not making a serious mistake when we do this? Are not both professions to be able to render the best health service, are not both professions largely dependent on the purity and quality of the materials supplied by these trades? (Frankly, I believe someone should coin a new word to replace the term “trade” when applied to the manufactures of materials used in health service.) Is it not because of this mistaken thought that both professions have little or no relation with, or any beneficial control over these branches of health service? And who suffers? The Public.

The present time seems appropriate for a “New Deal.” Official cooperation between the dental profession and the dental trade can and should be obtained. The House of Delegates of the American Dental Association could elect a committee to meet with a committee from the dental trade. These two committees could then draw up rules and regulations to guide their future co-operative activities.

It is not necessary at this time nor is it desirable to elaborate further or to go into details. In fact it would not be practicable to do so.

The subject, however, should receive serious consideration. The advantages would be many and important. The results would be beneficial to the profession, to the trade, but most important of all, to the people, as this would make for efficient health service.

In conclusion may I suggest to those who are in agreement with these thoughts that they bring up this question in their local societies, take action, then refer it to the State Society and then to the American Dental Association.

Editor’s Note. This suggestion of Dr. Hyatt was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Second District Dental Society, New York City, April 12, 1937. It is a good thought and should receive prompt attention.