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.
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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
Bunon, R.: Expériences et démonstrations faites à l’hôpital de la Salpétrière et à Saint-Côme en présence de l'Académie Royale de Chirurgie. Pour servir de suite et de preuve à l'essay sur les maladies des dents (1746)
Robert Bunon (1702-1748) is an outstanding figure in the development of paediatric and preventive dentistry. His 1743 book,
Essay Sur Les Maladies Des Dents (Essay on the Diseases of the Teeth), stressed the importance of maintaining oral hygiene from an early age, good dietary habits in both the infant and the pregnant mother, and addressed dental erosion and the causes of enamel hypoplasia.
Essay Sur Les Maladies Des Dents was dedicated to the Royal Surgeon of France, Monsieur de la Peyronnie.
He would accept the dedication only on the condition that Bunon support his assertions with evidence.
Bunon rose to the challenge and examined over 5,000 patients of all ages at the Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris.
Published in 1746, Expériences et Démonstrations Faites à l’Hôpital de la Salpétrière et à Saint-Côme en présence de l'Académie Royale de Chirurgie.... presents selected case histories and represents one of the earliest presentations of clinical findings based on case studies and statistical data.
Bunon's reputation was consequently so enhanced that the royal dentist to King Louis XV, M. Caperon, recommended him as his successor in 1748.
Sadly, Robert Bunon died in the same year, leaving a significant legacy to paediatric and conservative dentistry and to the presentation of clinical research.
The BDA Library is fortunate to hold an
original edition of this important work.
If you are interested in reading more online about the history of dental instruments then have a look at the
BDA Dental Museum pages.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.