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​What the Lindsay Society does

Dental Historian

Dentral historian cover listing publication years

Dental Historian is the journal of the Lindsay Society the History of Dentistry.

Its contents are wide-ranging, to be of interest both to researchers and general readers. 

It includes results of recent research, memories of the profession and other relevant information.

The journal is usually published twice-yearly and is indexed on Medline. It is free to members.

Online archive


Contents of the latest issue – January 2021:

  • The dawn of the digital era in dental education: charting the changes and challenges up to 2020. Part 2. The dawn of digital dental education
  • The unification of UK orthodontic societies 1970-1994
  • The early history of local anaesthesia
  • A brief history of the Royal Canadian Dental Corps: “Honour, Courage, and Excellence”
  • Bryan BOZ Osborn
  • Errors in past bite mark case reports
  • Personal recollections and observations from twenty years of cleft palate treatment and the hospital environment
  • Dentistry and oral health during the 1918 influenza pandemic
  • Urban Edward Cave and an unexpected link to Lilian Lindsay

Submission of an article

Anyone with the results of historical research or a relevant story to tell is welcome to submit a paper for publication.

If you would like to do this please send it as an email attachment to Margaret Wilson, Editor,

Purchase an issue

Dental Historian is sent free to members of the Lindsay Society.

Non-members wishing to purchase a single issue can do so by sending a cheque for £16 sterling made out to the Lindsay Society, to:

The Distribution Manager,
Dr G Garnett,
Hey Barn,
Back Lane,
Lancs, BB7 3EE.

Annual Conference 2021

15th -17th October 2021 - Bath

For more information about the annual conference please contact the Honorary Secretary Dr Brian Williams.

Previous conferences 2019

A successful, enjoyable and educational conference took place on Friday 4th – Sunday 6th October 2019 in Leicester.

The Saturday and Sunday morning lecture sessions were an eclectic mix of thought provoking, surprising and amusing talks covering many aspects of dental history.

Enjoy our Facebook photo album of the event.

For more information about the annual conference please contact the Honorary Secretary Dr Brian Williams.