It has been a busy year preparing for and celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Looking back over the last 75 years we can recall a long list of accomplishments by the Pierre Fauchard Academy. PresidentElect Joe Harris mentions in this issue how Dr. Elmer S. Best founded the Academy in 1936 in Minnesota, and how Dr. Best's vision laid a solid foundation for the Academy that still brings us all together today. Dental Abstracts, the official journal of the Pierre Fauchard Acdemy, still continues his pioneering efforts to collect and inform the profession about the best in dental literature today. French dental surgeon Pierre Fauchard also had a vision over 250 years ago to write down and share the existing dental techniques of his time, so that dentists could work together to improve oral health care. Pierre Fauchard's extensive manuscript was first published in 1728 and entitled "Le Chirurgien Dentiste, ou, Traité des Dents." (The Surgeon-Dentist, or a Treatise on the Teeth.) The publication of this book paved the way to the formation of the profession of dentistry as it is known today.
In the early part of the 20th century Fauchard's original manuscript came to light again thanks to the work of George Viau, and generated a great deal of interest regarding the history of dentistry. In 1941 the Academy published a 100-page book compiled by Dr. Bernhard W. Weinberger entitled "Pierre Fauchard, SurgeonDentist," to share knowledge of Fauchard's work and life with a wider audience. In this issue we have included an English translation of a new article, originally written in French by Drs. Jean-Christophe Loir and Florence Loir, about the area of Paris where Fauchard lived. For those of you who cannot travel to Paris for the Academy's June 16th celebration, we hope you will enjoy this historical article about Fauchard's life when he lived there.
Included in this issue is the PFA Annual Board Meeting schedule for Las Vegas, as well as a Calendar of PFA events occurring throughout the world. Also the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy is now accepting grant applications, so please submit an application by June 11th for a special dental service project in your area. Just download the application form from the website at Fauchard. org, fill it out on your computer, then email it back to the Foundation office. The Foundation thanks the many donors who generously contributed to the Foundation during 2010. Donor names are listed starting on page 11.
This issue concludes with updates from five different Sections, showing some of the vitality of this dental honor organization. This is our third issue of the Dental World for 2011 and we will be publishing only one more issue this year for September-October. Please send in a report by July 15th about your Section's activities so we may be able to print your photos and news articles this year.
Mark D. Stanley, MFA
Dental World Editor