The toothdrawer and operator - "dentistry" before the eighteenth century-- the early provincial dentist - the man and his prospects-- the spread of dentistry - wider still, and wider-- treatment-- spurs and constraints. Appendices: directories examined-- register of provincial dentists whose names appear in pre-1855 trade disrectories, with biographical notes-- earliest directory evidence of resident dentists in the towns featuring in the register-- possible family connections between provincial and London dentists before 1855-- dental families established in the provinces before 1855.
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This study of the development of dental practice between 1755-1855 attempts to trace the factors and conditions that helped the occupation achieve professional status. It looks at the situation in the provinces since, in many respects, it is here that the difficulties encountering the new profession are most apparent. The book does not intend to be a complete picture of dentistry in this period, but readers are directed to the bibliography for details of the extensive literature on the scientific and social aspects of dentistry at the time. Throughout, "dentistry" is used in a specific sensae, conveying the meaning which led to the very coining of the word in the 18th century, namely the treatment of the teeth and oral tissues by preventative, restorative, prosthetic and surgical means. Although toothdrawers of many varieties feature in this study, they are not synonymous with the dentists who are the main subject of this work. (source: Nielsen Book Data)