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Nothing but the Tooth

A Dental Odyssey

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.

Audience

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

Hardbound, 264 Pages

Published: November 2012

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-12-397190-6

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


Contents

  • 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

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