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J Dent Educ. 1984 Oct;48(10):568-70.

Primates as a teaching model for biopsy.


It is our intention to poll former participants in this elective to determine their experience in biopsy of oral tissues in practice. To date, student critiques of this elective course have been positive; participants have strongly suggested that we continue this method of instruction. The use of animals can be justified by the fact that experience gained in this course is applicable to the serious problem of early detection of oral cancer. Curricula that include biopsy procedures will produce dentists who will be comfortable using this important diagnostic method in their practices. Studies indicate that more general dentists are utilizing biopsy. It is important that this trend be encouraged, and the use of the nonhuman primate in a course such as that described above is a positive step in this direction.

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