Published in association with the British museum of dentistry, this book explores the role of the dentist from its early, crude and gruesome beginnings as a sideline for barbers, wig makers and even blacksmiths! Early procedures were tortuous experiences: Extractions were by forceps or commonly by digging in and turning doorkeys which often removed the gum and bone with it or broke the jaw of the patient. The book reveals all the gorey details and explores dentistry' rise to regulation in the mid-19th century and modern 20th century advancements.
About the Author
Rachel Bairsto is the curator of the British Dental Association Museum and has held the post for six years with a varied career in the museum sector prior to this. She has written extensively on the history of dentistry for a variety of dental publications and has been interviewed on television and radio.
Table of Contents
From Tooth Drawer to Dentist: 1700–1800 / From a Trade to a Profession / A Visit to the Dentist / The Twentieth Century / Further Reading / Places to Visit /Index