These are all available for loan from the BDA library.
More information about borrowing is available on our
New to the "Dental schools, association and societies list"
A Century Of Care - A History of The Medical and Dental Defence Union Of Scotland by N Muir and D Bell. The Medical and Dental Defence Union Of Scotland, 2002.
Lists by subject
Rare book collection
The BDA library has a large collection of rare books from the 16th to the 20th centuries. A catalogue of the collection as it existed then was produced in 1964 and
may be viewed here. Since then the 20th century collection has expanded and book records for these and some of the older rare books exist on our
online catalogue along with links to full text versions where available.
Researchers may visit the library with prior permission.
A gem from our rare book collection
Saunders, E : Advice on the care of the teeth (1837)
Dentist to Queen Victoria and founder member of the British Dental Association,
Edwin Saunders published this small book on oral hygiene in 1837, aimed at the middle and upper classes.
In the preface to this edition he remarks on the fact that he has sold 11,000 copies of its forerunner, "Five minutes' advice on the care of the teeth" published with hardly any marketing in 1833. It has received "flattering testimonials to its usefulness...from professional and other persons in the upper and middle ranks of life, seconded...by the unanimous and unequivocal approbation of the public press..." and led to the production of this newly extended and retitled version.
The engraving above is "designed to exhibit a view of what is a frequent subject of inquiry, -- viz., the manner in which the nerves, the organs of sensation, are distributed to the teeth."
The BDA Library is fortunate to hold an
original edition of this and another of his important works The teeth a test of age, considered with reference to the factory children... which was also published in 1837.
If you are a BDA member and would like to see a list of our books on a particular aspect of dental history please email
email@example.com and we will prepare one for you.
Alternatively if you would like a list of articles published on a particular aspect of dentistry then as a BDA member you can
request a free literature search from us.