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Landmark articles in Journal of the American Dental Association focus on key developments in dentistry

As part of its ongoing commemoration of its centennial year in 2013, The Journal of the American Dental Association each month features a specially selected "landmark" article that was published in JADA over its first century.

This month's issue—April—spotlights a 1941 article by Drs. Isaac Schour and Maury Massler, from the Department of Histology, University of Illinois College of Dentistry, Chicago, "The Development of the Human Dentition."

The commentators, Drs. Louise Brearley Messer, University of Melbourne, Australia, and Michael J. Till, University of Minnesota, describe it as "truly a landmark article from two perspectives: first, as a culmination and synthesis of many years' work by the authors; and, second, in the undergirding of far-reaching applications that remain relevant today."

In May, JADA will feature a 1953 article, "Hydraulic Turbine Contra-Angle Handpiece," by Drs. Robert J. Nelsen, Carl. E. Pelander and John W. Kumpula, all of whom were researchers at what then was called the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology). The commentators, Drs. Robert Eshleman and David Sarrett, Virginia Commonwealth University, credit the advent of the high-speed dental air turbine handpiece with revolutionizing and forever changing the practice of dentistry.

"All dentists and their patients owe a debt of gratitude to the original pioneers and dental manufacturers who developed and produced the high-speed handpiece for use in the everyday practice of dentistry," they conclude.