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African Journal of Biomedical Research
Ibadan Biomedical Communications Group
ISSN: 1119-5096
Vol. 7, No. 1, 2004, pp. 1-4
Bioline Code: md04001
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Biomedical Research, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2004, pp. 1-4

 en Mini-Review Article - DENTISTRY AND MEDICAL DOMINANCE: NIGERIA PERSPECTIVE
O. O. AKANDE

Abstract

The relationship between medicine and dentistry in Nigeria from the time of colonial rule to date is highlighted. Records have shown that medical practice is much older than dental practice and this pioneering advantage in health education enhanced the establishment of the first medical school in Ibadan in 1948. Whereas, almost two decades after, the first dental school in Nigeria which incidentally is the oldest dental institution in Black Africa was founded at the University of Lagos in 1966. The ideology prevailing in Nigeria at that time was undoubtedly believed to have been strongly influenced by the colonial link with Britain. Subsequently, three additional dental schools were established in Ile-Ife, Ibadan and Benin to bring to a total of four throughout a nation that can easily boast of twenty-four medical schools. This preponderance of medical schools over the dental institutions is a strong index that may be said to precipitate the dominance of medicine over dentistry.

Keywords
Dentistry, medical dominance, socio-political influence

 
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