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Dental morphology 1998 : proceedings of the 11th international symposium on dental morphology. Oulu, Finland, August 1998.

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Author: Mayhall, John T.1; Heikkinen, Tuomo2 (eds.)
Organizations: 1Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto
2University of Oulu, Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Dentistry, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: International Symposium on Dental Morphology, 1999
, 1999
Publish Date: 2001-02-06


Hyvät Ystävät, Hyvät Naiset ja Herrat

Now, as we have reached the time to initiate the 11th International Symposium on Dental Morphology, I am most happy to have you here in Oulu, Finland and I hope that you will enjoy every minute, every aspect of symposium science as well as the social atmosphere.

The very nature, the core, of the symposium scientific substance has been from the beginning over thirty years ago, and still is, its multidisciplinary approach. Among others, paleontologists, histologists, oral biologists, archaeologists, anthropologists, zoologists, anatomists, geneticists and dentists have come together for informative talks and an exchange of ideas, having the same common interest, the exploration of tooth morphology. The range of the study species has been, and is, enormously large, from fossil forms of life to modern man. Personally, I have found this multidisciplinary approach to be very stimulating and fruitful; it has opened new avenues at many levels of the research process. By the same token, in a social context, the symposium has connected people from different disciplines, which given the state of things in these times of superspecialization has an exhilarating effect. Here in our eleventh symposium we have participants from nineteen countries; scientists from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America and Finland. A total of 84 reports will be delivered during the symposium.

In an historical sense we also remember that the art of science has since ancient times brought people together in a peaceful co-existence independent of nationality, race or other sometimes divisive factors. Even today, in spite of huge advancements in communication technology in general there still exist individual paths within our global scientific community to find creative contacts.

From the beginning of the Symposium a man from the University of Chicago, among others, was a driving force in creating, developing and maintaining it; the late Dr. Albert A. Dahlberg. His wife Thelma has also been keenly engaged in scientific activities and today I am glad to tell you that Mrs. Albert A. Dahlberg is with us. Also, I would like to introduce you our distinguished keynote speakers; Professors Percy Butler, Edward Kollar, Hervé Lesot and Steinar Risnes. To everyone here, I bid you very welcome to Oulu, with all the best wishes for an enjoyable and memorable Symposium.

With these words I, as President of the Symposium, opened the proceedings. Now, it is my honour to do the same for the published proceedings. The editors have structured the volume to reflect as closely as possible the flavour of the meetings; the papers are in approximately the same order as at the meeting and this Foreword as well as the first paper by Mayhall have been retained to allow the reader to feel as if he/she were a participant. I want to thank the authors of the 55 papers included in this volume who took the time to revise their presentations for publication. It is my sincere wish that you, the reader, will find as much stimulation and new knowledge in this volume as I and the other participants found at the meeting.

Lassi Alvesalo

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ISBN: 951-42-5497-X
ISBN Print: 951-42-5481-3
Conference: International Symposium on Dental Morphology
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