Dental Books from Yesteryearby Julie Oreskovich
We'd all rather visit a bookshop than a dentist. Before the modern age of dentistry, oral issues such as toothaches, abscesses, and rotten teeth were a nightmarish scenario. They were treated in a variety of ways including using rudimentary drills, extraction, arsenic, acupuncture, bloodletting, and artificial replacements. The only common element to treatment was excruciating pain. Thankfully, modern dentistry - in most cases, is a more pleasant and less painful experience and we can thank the legion of books that have educated dentists over the past two centuries.
According to an article in Nature Magazine published on November 22, 2005, the practice of dentistry goes as far back as 7000 BC. "Flint tips were surprisingly effective for drilling tooth enamel in a prehistoric population". There is evidence ancient Egyptians wrote about dentistry. A document, called Ebers Papyrus talked about different solutions for toothaches including using ingredients such as honey, onions, incense and even dead mice. Hippocrates was the first person to determine that food stuck between teeth was responsible for tooth decay and that compromised teeth should be pulled out.
The first dental book written in English was called Operator for the Teeth by Charles Allen in 1685. Pierre Fauchard, a 17th century French physician, is said to be the father of modern dentistry. He introduced dental fillings and stated that sugar was one of the culprits for decay.
From oral anatomy to early dental instruments to artificial teeth to early uses of anesthesia - these books from yesteryear provide a fascinating insight into the history of dentistry.
Brush Up On Dental Books
Traité complet de prothèse dentaire à l'usage des artistes
by Georges Fattet (1850)
Illustrations of dentures and dental prostheses.
Recherches et observations sur toutes les parties de l'art du dentiste
by Etienne Bourdet (1786)
Treatment of the condition similar to modern gingivectomy.
Traité de la seconde dentition, et méthode naturelle de la diriger; suivis d'un aperçu de séméiotique buccale.
by C.F. Delabarre (1819)
Treatise on the replacement of the milk teeth and the regulation of the new ones.
A Treatise on Oral Deformities as a Branch of Mechanical Surgery
by Norman Kingsley (1880)
The first scientific textbook on irregularities of the teeth and oral deformities.
Traité des maladies de la bouche
by Jean Baptiste Gariot (1805)
Discusses structure and function of mouth, illnesses and prevention.
Traité complet de l'art du dentiste d'après l'état actuel des connaissances
by F. Maury (1841)
With numerous illustrations, mainly of artificial teeth, dental instruments and equipment.
Le Chirurgein Dentiste
by Pierre Fauchard (1786)
Illustrations of teeth, dentures, artificial teeth, protheses and dental instruments.
Les Dents Artificielles
by Marcus & Herman Adler (1874)
A treatise on artificial teeth including dentures and dental protheses.
Diseases of the Mouth
by Sterling V. Mead (1940)
Diagnosis of pulp vitality, abnormalities of the teeth, diseases and more.
The Natural History and Diseases of the Human Teeth
by Joseph Fox (1814)
The method of correcting misaligned teeth by means of a fixed metal band and silk ligatures.
Anatomy and Histology of the Mouth and Teeth
by Isaac Norman Broomell (1910)
Includes over 350 illustrations of the anatomy of the mouth.
Theory and Practice of Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics
by Stanley D. Tylman (1965)
History of crown and bridge prosthodontics, meaning and purpose of crown and bridge and more.
Crown, Bar, And Bridge-Work; New Methods of Permanently Adjusting Artifical Teeth without Plates
Isidore Clifford (1887)
New advances for preserving decayed and supplying artificial teeth.
The Natural History of the Human Teeth
by John L. Hunter (1778)
Hunter was the first to study the teeth in a scientific manner, and the first to recommend complete removal of the pulp in filling them.
The Surgery of Oral and Facial Diseases
by George Van Ingen Brown (1938)
Numerous photographs of extremely unusual malformations and results of disease.
Conduction, Infiltration and General Anesthesia in Dentistry
by Menel Nevin (1946)
Detailed illustrations, questions/answers, dental procedures, equipment and tools.
Local Anesthesia in Dentistry
by Guido Fischer (1912)
Encouraged the adoption of local anesthesia with novocain-suprarenin to dental practice.
A Work on Operative Dentistry
by G.V. Black (1920)
Describes the technical procedure of filling teeth.
Professional Denture Service
by George Wood Clapp (1918)
Selecting the size, form and shade in artificial teeth.
Oral Hygiene and the Treatment of Parodontal Diseases
by Russell W. Bunting (1936)
The prevention of dental diseases and periodontal disease.
Description Treptodonte et de Stéréodonte
by A. Schange (1857)
Describes the first use and invention of teeth braces.
Local Anesthesia in Dental Surgery
by Brian St J Steadman (1929)
Includes anatomy, instruments, local anesthesia and more.
Old Instruments Used for Extracting Teeth
by Frank Colyer (1952)
One of the few works on the history of instruments used for extracting teeth.
Visual Education in Dentistry
by The Dental Specialty Co. (1929)
Dental conditions, bridges, roots, x-rays.
Oral Hygiene A Journal for Dentists February 1915 Volume 5 Number 2
by W.W. Belcher (ed.) (1915)
Adverts related to dentistry including: Forsyth Dental Infirmary for Children and industrial dental clinic in large department store.