Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Father of orthodontics

Our History of Dentistry Collection here in Historical Collections & Archives will soon be graced by the arrival of a monumental new work in the history of orthodontics: the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists has just completed a four-volume set of the edited papers of its namesake, and is donating a copy to the OHSU Library because of the role of our own Dr. Harold Noyes in the deposit of Angle's papers with the group.

Angle, who has been called the "Harvey Cushing of orthodontics," was the first dentist to specialize in and teach orthodontics. Among his students was one Bernhard W. Weinberger, whose own efforts at collecting books on the history of orthodontics are memorialized in the catalog The superb library of Bernhard W. Weinberger, D.D.S., on the history and folklore of dentistry. Like many booksellers' catalogs, this one from the Old Hickory Bookshop is now quite scarce, and we were delighted to be able to send a photocopy of the list to the Angle Society in return for their generous gift.

Once the set has been received and cataloged, it will become an invaluable resource for scholars interested in the development of the field.

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