December 31, 1841

On This Date in! in 1841, the state of Alabama enacted the first legislation that regulated dental practices in the U.S., and required state medical boards to administer examination and issue licenses using the same rules and restrictions as medical licenses. But there were no laws that required the citizens of Alabama to avail themselves of a dentist and the reader is reminded that blood-letting and leeches were widely accepted medical practices at the time, as was phrenology and the acceptance of phlogiston.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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One Response to December 31, 1841

  1. Phlogistonian Tourism Board says:

    It was with a rather high llevel of anticipation that we encountered your article referencing our great nation. To our utter disappointment, however, you only referred to us once, and that was in a throwaway line at the end.

    We would like to invite you to come to Phlogiston and sample all of the wonders that our country has to offer. We feel certain that once you’ve spent some time with us, your next article will be much more favourable.

    Looking forward to meeting you,
    The Phlogistonian Tourism Board

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