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Biography and quirky



We have some varied and interesting biographies of dentists and eminent medical professionals.   

Email library@bda.org if you would like to borrow any of them.


New books in the collection

From public health dentist to dental historian by Stanley Gelbier.

Professor Stanley Gelbier, well known for his work as a dental historian has now published a short autobiography of his life.

Chapters cover:

Jewish London and my early years | The Second World War | Schooling in London and the RAF | Undergraduate dental studies | Marriage and family | Work: clinical and academic | BDA and other committee work | New career as a dental historian | Honours and awards | Hobbies and other interests | The name Gelbier and other Gelbiers

This book is available to borrow from the BDA library.

"Sometimes I wake up and wonder how I have come so far in my profession, originating from a simple, relatively poor background...[my father] passionately wanted me to go to the grammar school but couldn't help me with my academic studies. Nevertheless he did teach me a great deal about London, especially taking me to places of historic interest...Gaining a place at Hackney Down Grammar School gave me the passport I needed to progress." 

Licensed to drill: dentist on the loose by Barrie Lawrence.

More humorous tales of Barrie's time in practice since his "license to drill" in 1968. Each chapter smoothly linking his life to a suitable James Bond film...

This book is available to borrow from the BDA library.

"Partial and full dentures are made to fit the mouth precisely, and will not fit anybody else. Having said that, I had one couple attend the surgery who shared a set of teeth, and ate their meals consecutively, passing the teeth from one to the other. They had done this for so many years that they could not remember whether they were his, hers, or somebody else's. And they fitted neither of them." 

On the toss of a coin- a memoir of a near-death illness.. and my fight for survival by Michael Wise.

Struck down suddenly by a near-fatal streptococcal blood infection leading to organ failure, coma and life support, this book details Michael Wise's "fight for survival and rehabilitation".

This book is available to borrow from the BDA library.

"As I slowly re-entered the world, the realisation of surroundings became more obvious, as did that of the state of my body. Weakness, emaciation, stubble, black toes, blackish legs, hands and legs that I could not move. It didn’t feel as though I was paralysed, more that I was restricted and then, on looking, I could see that I was. There was a layer of thick, unyielding skin covering my legs, feet, hands and arms. A surgeon came with a big pair of scissors and with glee cut through this skin layer, as if he was cutting through a piece of cardboard, opening a present." 


A number of our more "quirky" titles have been put together in a booklet

Email library@bda.org if you would like to borrow any titles from this list.