Dr. Charles Bass was known worldwide for research in bacteriology and parasitology and is credited, along with another Tulane pioneer, Dr. Foster M.
Johns, as the first scientist to cultivate the parasite which causes malaria.
As an educator, Dr. Bass was responsible for the development and establishment of clinical laboratories, now in use throughout the United States and
He also is known as the "Father of Preventive Dentistry" because of his study of the activity of microorganisms in human saliva. When
these combine with oral plaque, tooth decay occurs. Dr. Bass advocated daily removal of the oral bacteria through proper use of a toothbrush and dental
floss, making him the first to describe effective oral hygiene.
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