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What the Lindsay Society does

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Dental Historian

Dentral historian cover listing publication years

Dental Historian is the journal of the Lindsay Society the History of Dentistry.

Its contents are wide-ranging, to be of interest both to researchers and general readers.

It includes results of recent research, memories of the profession and other relevant information.

The journal is usually published twice-yearly and is indexed on Medline. It is free to members.

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Contents of the latest issue – July 2022:


  • Lily Fanny Pain FDS MRCS LRCP LMSSA (1899-1973) and her husband Leonard Austin Harwood MRCS LRCP LDS (1886-1952)
  • Old teething remedies, a study into how a surgical procedure for the management of teething was marketed in the 18th century
  • History and evolution of inhalation sedation equipment specifically to UK development
  • Dame Margaret Seward - an important influence in the development of UK orthodontics
  • European Federation of Conservative Dentistry: the first twenty years
  • The history of the textbook "Oral Anatomy"
  • The missing mahogany WWI memorial. Mrs Lloyd George and the Royal Dental Hospital twenty-nine

Submission of an article

Anyone with the results of historical research or a relevant story to tell is welcome to submit a paper for publication.


If you would like to do this please send it as an email attachment to Margaret Wilson, Editor, lindsaysociety@bda.org.


Purchase an issue

Dental Historian is sent free to members of the Lindsay Society.


To purchase a single issue contact lindsaysociety@bda.org


Annual Conference 2022

7 – 9 October 2022 - Belfast


Booking is now open for the annual conference in Belfast.

This will mark the Society's sixtieth anniversary. Speakers include: Professor Trevor Burke who will be giving the Lilian Lindsay Memorial LectureBelfast's Professor David Hussey, who will explore the development of the Maryland Bridge, Richard Graham, who will give a brief history of the BDA NI Branch and Laura Crawford, a young dental colleague who has researched the availability of dentistry on the Titanic.


provisional programme is available to download.


To register for this event, please complete the booking form and return to The Honorary Secretary brianwilliams@btinternet.com


We look forward to welcoming you to Belfast.

Previous conferences: 2021

An enjoyable time was had by all at Bath during the weekend of 15 October. 

A break from lockdown was much needed and a guided tour of Bath was one of the highlights. The Lindsay Society Memorial Lecture was given by Professor Jonathan Shepherd and the presidential baton was passed from Roland Hopwood to Roz McMullan.


For more information about the annual conference please contact the Honorary Secretary Dr Brian Williams at brianwilliams14@btinternet.com.