Monday, April 27, 2009

Dental bling

About a year and a half ago, we shared Dean Lou Terkla's version of the story about business manager Gene Bauer allegedly speculating in gold futures down at the School of Dentistry. While that particular incident, occurring during the presidency of Lewis Bluemle, M.D. (1974-77), came at a time of rising gold prices, the market was nowhere near today's values.

A recently received document, the Schedule of Fees from the University of Oregon Dental School, as of October 1, 1963, helps put Dean Terkla's story into some context. Even before the era of "dental bling", the Dental School had no fewer than thirteen types of procedures that might include gold, from foil and inlays to cast gold space maintainers ($25.00).

The fee schedule provides a snapshot of dental services in transition: House Calls are still listed as an option ($5.00), while lab tests done for "Patients for Research Purposes" are given gratis. Patients could be referred to Nutritional Guidance (primarily for caries control) for a fee of $3.00.

The single most expensive item on the list is an obturator, which would set the patient (or his insurance company) back $150.00. Just in case the five-page schedule missed some potential service, a note at the end indicates that "Fees for the less common types of operations will be arranged by the head of the department concerned with the treatment." If you could dream it, they could do it... So who knows? Maybe in the post-Shaft years, Gene Bauer really was speculating--on the future popularity of grillz.

(Beautiful shot from Rob! on Flickr)

1 comment:

Joey said...

That thing. It looks like a foil. Like a hip-hoppers.


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