The Smile Stealers

The Smile Stealers

The Fine + Foul Art of Dentistry

Book - 2017
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This achingly jawdropping book follows the evolution of dentistry throughout the world from the Bronze Age to the present day, presenting graphic and grim illustrations of the tools and techniques of dentistry through the ages. Organized chronologically, The Smile Stealers interleaves beautiful and gruesome technical illustrations and paintings from the Wellcome Collection's unique archive of material from Europe, America and the Far East with seven authoritative and eloquent themed articles from medical historian Richard Barnett. A comprehensive review of the development of the trade and discipline of dentistry, it covers topics as diverse as the very first dentures (produced by the Etruscans in the seventh century bce); the smile revolution in 18th-century portraiture; and the role of dentistry in forensic science - all in one beautifully illustrated volume. Smile Stealers is guaranteed to appeal to lovers of the horrific and the beautiful alike as it probes the growth of dentistry - from pulling out bad teeth to reconstructing jaws, and from painful action to pain-free interventions and the pursuit of the perfect smile.
Publisher: ©2017
London :, Thames & Hudson,, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780500519110
Characteristics: 255 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Fine and foul art of dentistry
Contents: Introduction: you know the drill
The natural and ancient history of the teeth
Pulling teeth in Medieval Europe
Fauchard and the dentistes
Enlightened extractions
A new era in tooth-pulling
The skull beneath the skin
The smile of success.
Summary: This achingly jawdropping book follows the evolution of dentistry throughout the world from the Bronze Age to the present day, presenting graphic and grim illustrations of the tools and techniques of dentistry through the ages. Organized chronologically, The Smile Stealers interleaves beautiful and gruesome technical illustrations and paintings from the Wellcome Collection's unique archive of material from Europe, America and the Far East with seven authoritative and eloquent themed articles from medical historian Richard Barnett. A comprehensive review of the development of the trade and discipline of dentistry, it covers topics as diverse as the very first dentures (produced by the Etruscans in the seventh century bce); the smile revolution in 18th-century portraiture; and the role of dentistry in forensic science - all in one beautifully illustrated volume. Smile Stealers is guaranteed to appeal to lovers of the horrific and the beautiful alike as it probes the growth of dentistry - from pulling out bad teeth to reconstructing jaws, and from painful action to pain-free interventions and the pursuit of the perfect smile.

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