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Nothing but the Tooth, 1st Edition

A Dental Odyssey

 
Nothing but the Tooth, 1st Edition,Barry Berkovitz,ISBN9780123971906
 
 
 

  

Elsevier

9780123971906

9780123971937

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229 X 152

This highly informative book explores dental history, showing how teeth can influence all aspects of life.

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Key Features

  • Includes well-illustrated and thoroughly explained examples and anecdotes
  • Presents both popular and little-known instances of teeth’s importance in history
  • Written in an engaging tone appropriate for academics and the wider public

Description

While most books on dentistry describe the clinical and medical procedures involved, this book expands the field to examine the role of dentistry and teeth in everything from biology to biography. This book offers facts and figures regarding famous historical figures, such as John Hunter, Dr Crippen, Doc Holliday, and Paul Revere, exploring how their connections to dentistry shaped them, as well as the story of the two young dentists who discovered the principles of general anaesthesia. Other chapters focus on the amazing ranges of teeth in animals, from the teeth in piranhas to the tusks and ivory of elephants and narwhals, looking at their biological and cultural significance. The importance of teeth in understanding the evolution of humans and in revolutionizing the study of archaeology is also evaluated. This book is appropriate for dentists, medical and dentistry students, and non-specialists to introduce the myriad interesting aspects relating to teeth.

Please note that print volumes do not include full colour.

Readership

Students and practitioners of dentistry and medicine; those interested in the place of teeth in biology and culture.

Barry Berkovitz

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Reader in Anatomy, School of Biomedical Sciences, King’s College London; Honorary Curator, Odontological Collection, Royal College of Surgeons of England; Honorary Research Associate, History of Dentistry Unit, Dental Institute, King’s College London

Nothing but the Tooth, 1st Edition

CHAPTER 1.THE JAWS OF THE PIRANHA
CHAPTER 2.TUSKS AND IVORY
CHAPTER 3.HOW TWO YOUNG DENTISTS REVOLUTIONISED SURGERY: HORACE WELLS AND WILLIAM MORTON
CHAPTER 4.WHAT IS A TOOTH?
CHAPTER 5.TEETH IN THE MOST UNLIKELY OF PLACES: THE OVARY AND THE EYE
CHAPTER 6.SNAKES, SALIVA AND A NOBEL PRIZE
CHAPTER 7.YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT:  HOW AN ISOLATED TOOTH CAN TELL YOU WHERE YOU CAME FROM AND WHAT YOU ATE
CHAPTER 8.THE MOST REMARKABLE DENTITION IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM? THE ROCK GOBY
CHAPTER 9.WHY CAN’T I HAVE MORE THAN TWO SETS OF TEETH-LIKE A SHARK?
CHAPTER 10.SERENDIPITY AND THE DISCOVERY OF THE MODERN DENTAL IMPLANT
CHAPTER 11.HEN’S TEETH ARE NOT AS RARE AS YOU MAY THINK
CHAPTER 12.JOHN HUNTER AND THE LONDON TOOTH MUSEUM
CHAPTER 13.WHY SHOULD IT MATTER HOW LONG IT TOOK THE TEETH OF MAN’S FOSSIL ANCESTORS TO DEVELOP?   
CHAPTER 14.TWO INFAMOUS PEOPLE WITH DENTAL CONNECTIONS: Dr HAWLEY HARVEY CRIPPEN (CONVICTED WIFE MURDERER) AND JOHN HENRY (DOC) HOLLIDAY (GAMBLER AND GUNMAN)
CHAPTER 15.TWO FAMOUS PEOPLE WITH DENTAL CONNECTIONS:  PAUL REVERE (AMERICAN PATRIOT) AND BERNARD FREYBERG (SOLDIER)
CHAPTER 16.BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: DENTAL MUTILATION

Quotes and reviews

"While most books on dentistry describe the clinical and medical procedures involved, this book expands the field to examine the role of dentistry and teeth in everything from biology to biography."--King’s College Newsletter, June 2013
"This excellent book will appeal to dentists and non-dentists alike. It will provide dental historians with many ideas for research."--Dental History Magazine
"From start to finish, it really is hard to put down… The book takes the reader through a whole host of interesting dentally relevant areas and is not rivaled in any other text out there."--British Dental Journal, April 27, 2013

 
 

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