Dental history

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Are you doing a talk or research into the history of dentistry? We can help you with a wide variety of resources including books, journals and more held in the library’s collection. Most available to borrow.

For our complete history of dentistry collection please browse the library catalogue or contact us for more information on 020 7563 4545.

To complement the library's loans why not borrow a box of historic artefacts from the BDA Museum


Ontario Dental Association celebrations

The Ontario Dental Association is 150 years old this year and has set up a historical website to highlight some of its milestones.

The Canadian Crawford Dental Collection can now be viewed online with images.


British Pathé

Have a look at their collection of historic dental films.


Forceps through the ages

The French Musée Virtuel de l'Art Dentaire site contains a number of web pages related to dental instruments.

These include a long and well illustrated section on dental forceps.


Smile stealers 

This is the third and final book in a series from the Wellcome Collection that began with The sick rose.

It covers dentistry from the Bronze Age up to the present day with a dazzling array of illustrations.

Reviewed in DHM 2017; 11 (1): 12 

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Saint Apollonia - Croatian iconography

Saint Apollonia in churches of the Poreč and Pula diocese by Goran Knežević takes the reader on a highly illustrated journey through the Istrian region of Croatia to discover the saint in all her forms.

She is portrayed as a wooden statue, in frescos and numerous paintings in churches of the region invariably carrying her pincers and tooth.

Read an article on the subject by the same author.

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Education through the centuries

The Proceedings of a Symposium held by the Henry Noble History of Dentistry Research Group at Easterbrook  Hall, Crichton Campus, Dumfries in October 2011 have just been published.

The topic covered was, Apprenticeship to life long learning: dental education through the centuries.

View a list of papers included in the book.

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Christine Hillam (Editor) 
Dental practice in Europe at the end of the 18th century
Rodopi, 2003

If you would like to request this book for loan please email us.

Read a review of this book that appeared in the BDJ



Bringing together resources and information about dental practice in France, the British Isles, the Netherlands, Hungary and Germany, this book provides important insights into the role of European dentistry in the latter part of the 1700s. This is a period when dentistry as a specialty began to emerge and for the first time the research focuses on sources such as newspaper advertisements and commercial directories to place the role of the dental practitioner within a wider social and political context during of an era of great change.

Why not try other books by Christine Hillam:

 For further insights into dental history visit the BDA Dental Museum.