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The Excruciating History of Dentistry: Toothsome Tales & Oral Oddities from Babylon to Braces

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For those on both sides of the dreaded dentist's chair, James Wynbrandt has written a witty, colorful, and richly informative history of the art and science of dentistry. To all of those dental patients whose whine rises in tandem with that of the drill, take note: You would do well to stifle your terror and instead offer thanks to Apollonia, the patron saint of toothache ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 17th 2000 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 1998)
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My oral surgery is finally all done. After six months, a dozen appointments (some stretching as long as six hours), significant (but appropriate) use of painkillers, and more money than I like to think about, I have a brand new smile. With teeth that stay in my mouth and do what teeth are supposed to do. Hallelujah!

I will admit to more than a little trepidation before and during this long process. Because of the car accident 22 years ago that started this whole mess, I've become fairly familiar
Connie Tinoco
It wasn't as interesting as, "Blood & Guts: A History of Surgery" by Richard Hollingham. Hollingham knows more on how to entertain his reader. He knows how to transition between case studies while guiding the reader enough to understand his overall point. Wynbrandt is more concerned with only informing his readers of what he knows. Still, the cases studies are excruciating enough to send a vibe to the reader. It's hard to make dentistry or surgery boring.
This was more entertaining then I thought it would be.
This was excruciating to read.
I had fun with this book. Everyone who saw me reading it said - How can you read that!! It freaked them out. I like to know the history of things, dentistry being one of them. I really wanted to know when the first root canal was done. I wanted to know when they finally started giving people anesthesia. I just wanted to know everything.
This was a book club read, chosen by the dentist in the group. I felt it was just fact after fact and had no compelling story. I also wanted more about modern dentistry.
My wife says this is a good book I need to read. And I always read what my wife tells me to or else she hits me.
After reading this book, I felt so much better about going to the dentist!
Dr. Sherri Worth
Dr. Sherri Worth found this book to be uninteresting and repetitive.
Dr Jay Ajmo DDS
PGA Center For Advanced Dentistry looks forward to reading this book.
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