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ADA exhibit: World War I and dentistry

April 19, 2017

WWI and dentistry: Three soldiers with dental splints are photographed in 1918 at Base Hospital No. 6 in Bourdeaux, France. The photograph is part of an exhibit in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I, which is on display at ADA Headquarters in Chicago. The photographs and other artifacts from the era — many of which from the collection of the ADA Library & Archives — illustrate how dentists responded to the call-to-arms and served in the newly established Army and Navy Dental Corps or assisting at home in the recruitment of soldiers and raising funds for the war effort. ADA Archivist Andrea Matlak is available to give a tour of the exhibit and speak about what she learned in her research about dentistry efforts during WWI. ADA members interested in seeing the exhibit can contact her at to schedule a visit and a 15-20 minute curator's talk.