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​BDA Library: vote for your ultimate dental book of the century

25 June 2020

The BDA Library is asking members to vote for their top 10 ultimate dental books over the last 100 years, as part of the Library's centenary celebrations.

The BDA Library turned 100 years old this year, and we are celebrating the journey from its inception in 1920, as just a small room presided over by the enterprising Dr Lilian Lindsay - the first woman to qualify as a dentist in the UK - to its place as the most comprehensive dental library in Europe today. 

The Library undertook a survey to find out what dentists considered to be the most influential books over the past 100 years and a list of the top ten books from a range of categories emerged:

  • Cohen's Pathways of the Pulp
  • Contemporary Implant Dentistry by C Misch
  • Contemporary Orthodontics by WR Proffitt and HW Fields
  • Clinical Periodontology by I Glickman and FA Carranza
  • The Scientific Basis of Dental Health Education (now Oral Health Education) by RS Levine
  • Fundamentals of Fixed Prosthodontics by HT Shillingburg, S Hobo and LD Whitsett
  • Sturdevant's Art and Science of Operative Dentistry by CM Sturdevant et al
  • Medical Problems in Dentistry by C Scully and RA Cawson
  • [Textbook and Color Atlas of] Traumatic Injuries of the Teeth by JO Andreasen
  • Cawson’s Essentials of Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine
Head of BDA Library and Knowledge Services, Helen Nield said:

"We want to find out which textbooks dentists think are most important, which they have found most useful, or which may have changed our perspectives on the knowledge and practice of dentistry."

"The BDA Library has such a wealth of resources in its collection, and we want to highlight the fantastic collection we have available to dentists, even during the coronavirus lockdown, our collection of eBooks and eJournals continues to grow, and are accessible to our members online."

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