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Mail Tribune 100

Aug. 9, 1914

Dr. E.R. Parker, widely known as "Painless Parker, and one of the famous dentists of the world, will be in Medford Wednesday and Thursday, August 12th and 13th, and will deliver a free lecture and give a demonstration of painless dentistry, both evenings beginning at 8 p.m. at the corner of Main and Front streets.

The doctor has an automobile which is fitted up with a dentist's chair and instrument table and all other requisites of a dental office. In the course of his lecture, he demonstrates how the Painless Parker offices do dentistry without pain to the patient. His demonstrations are free; nothing being offered for sale.

Dr. Parker has large dental offices in many of the large cities of the country. His eastern headquarters are in Brooklyn, N.Y., while on the coast he has large dental offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland. His Portland offices are at Sixth and Washington and are the finest in the city.

In spite of the fact that Dr. Parker is a graduate of one of the oldest and most reputable dental colleges of America, and is licensed to practice in New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maine, California and Canada, the Oregon Dental Board has denied him the right to practice in this state, claiming he is not a competent dentist.  He has brought suit against the board and demands to know why he is not a competent dentist. He asks the court to order his examination papers re-examined by a board of capable and fair-minded dentists.

Dr. Parker says that the reason he was denied a license in this state is because he is an advertising dentist, and that advertising is contrary to the rules of the Ethical Dental Trust in Oregon. He has initiated a law, which will be on the ballot at the November election and which, if adopted, will abolish the state dental board and permit any reputable person to practice dentistry who is a graduate of a recognized dental college or who is licensed to practice in any other state in the union.

"I am making the tour of Oregon for the purpose of meeting the voters and telling them of this new law that I have initiated," said Dr. Parker today. "I want to tell every man and woman in Oregon how they are being systematically misled by the dental trust. I want the people to know that they will be benefited very greatly by putting this dental trust out of business. Then they will not be compelled to go on to the dental trust and pay an exorbitant price for work."