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Letters: Code of Ethics resolution

December 12, 2016 I am writing in response to the Nov. 7 ADA News article "Resolution Amends Code of Ethics," which permits dentists to announce as specialists in their jurisdictions even if it's not one of the nine specialties recognized by the ADA.

Seventy-one years since the founding of the American Academy of Dental Medicine (now Oral Medicine), 42 years since my graduation from dental school, I am now retired.

The American Academy of Oral Medicine was obliged to do an end run around the ADA's political structure, and ultimately see organized dentistry fail in the courts as well. ADA is now obliged to bow to the recognition of specialized areas of practice other than its sacred cows. Decades of wheeling, dealing and obstruction, to what end?

To deprive the general public of the benefit of some of the greatest minds in the profession? Hardly! Blind self-interest and nothing more.

In the end, "it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
 
Arnold Rosenstock, D.D.S.
Boca Raton, Florida