Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Eye hook, or form versus content

The cover made me look (see the braces on the Mayan Indian?), but the contents were the real find: the inside cover of this 1963 issue of Dental radiography and photography has an obituary of "Pioneer radiodontist" Henry Cline Fixott, Sr., D.D.S. Tucked inside the journal was a manuscript memo from Art Watson to H.C. Fixott, Jr., calling his attention to the article.

Fixott, Sr., was a 1906 graduate of the North Pacific College of Oregon (now our own School of Dentistry) and a longtime Portland practitioner. He began to specialize in radiodontia after reading the work of Edmund Kells, and soon established a course in radiodontia at the Dental School. He was one of the founders and the first president of the American Academy of Oral Roentgenology. Fixott, Sr., died in 1959 at the age of 80 (and we think the lag time between acceptance and publication is long these days! That's four years to get an obituary in.)

This journal issue and many others, along with issues of Medical radiography and photography, many glass lantern slides, copper plates, and radiographs, were previously owned by Dr. Douglas Barnett, an alumnus of the OHSU SoD and past chair of oral radiology here. Dr. J. Henry Clarke, OHSU emeritus professor of dentistry and dental historian, shepherded the materials into our care, and so provided us with some fantastic resources on early dental radiology.

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