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Teeth have always given human beings problems. During the Colonial Period, a time of exceptionally poor diet and dental care, Americans are said to have had the worst dental problems in the world. The situation was so bad that many Colonists lost half of their teeth before they were 20 years old. Dentistry emerged as a profession in the mid-1800s, and in 1840 the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery--the world's first dental school--was founded. This was the beginning of the rise of the United States as the world's leading center for dental learning and practice. Dr. John Hiram Alderman, a prominent dentist and businessman in Gainesville, is seen with a patient in this photograph. Dr. Alderman was born in Melrose and moved to Gainesville in 1901. His home was located across the street from Kirby Smith school, 631 East University Avenue, and his dental office was in the 400 block of West University Avenue. An avid fisherman, he was for many years the Ford dealer for this section of Florida and had extensive real estate holdings in Alachua County. He died in August 1941.
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