CAIDENT: Dental Education Marching to the Beat of a Different Drummer

  • William F. Fitzgerald
Part of the Computers in Biology and Medicine book series (CBM)


A broad survey by Dr. Martin Kamp (1975) indicates that approximately 15% of the instructional computer programs and 11% of the student-access computer program hours in computerized health science teaching are specifically identified for dentistry. Why would a profession that is viewed by the public as “drilling and filling teeth” make use of computers to teach? Certainly, the historical method of training dentists by apprenticeship prior to the middle of the nineteenth century was sufficient then. What has happened to make it attractive to use computer technology in the dental educational process now?


Instructional Technology Oral Health Care Dental Student Dental School Dental Education 
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  1. Bremner, M. D. K., 1959. Story of Dentistry. Dental Items of Interest Publishing Company, Brooklyn, New York.Google Scholar
  2. Kamp, M., 1975. Index to Computerized Teaching in the Health Sciences, Association for the Development of Computer-Based Instructional Systems, San Francisco.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • William F. Fitzgerald
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  1. 1.Menequil CorporationAlexandriaUSA

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