Jerry Nelson to deliver John Valentine Merson Lecture in San Francisco
Each year at the AAO Annual Session, a speaker is selected to deliver the John Valentine Mershon Memorial Lecture. This year, it will be delivered March 17, 2015 by Gerald Nelson, DDS, Health Sciences Clinical Professor in the Division of Orthodontics, UCSF School of Dentistry. The title of his talk is Target Approach to Treatment Planning. Dr Nelson was as Associate Editor of the AJO-DO for many years, and is well known to Journal readers.
|John Valentine Mershon|
John Valentine Mershon (1867-1953) was a generous, unpretentious man. After studying with Angle in 1908, he limited his Philadelphia practice to orthodontics. Believing that biology would always trump mechanics, he favored tooth movement through gentle pressure. He studied relapse and developed the Mershon lingual arch—the first “invisible” appliance. He did not patent his appliance, wanting it to remain affordable. He taught seminars in his office and later at universities, and accepted no payment for these services. Recognizing his value as a teacher, the AAO established the John Valentine Mershon Memorial Lecture in 1960. This year, he was voted one of the 100 most influential people in orthodontics of the last 100 years.
Read about John Valentine Mershon in the May 2015 issue of the AJO-DO.