Friday, June 04, 2010

Merrill Collection of Occlusal Anomalous Tubercules

More lovely and interesting things are coming up from the OHSU School of Dentistry vault on a regular basis. (In fact, I've become so accustomed to making a trip down on Friday that I fear that when the vault is finally emptied, I'll come to work the following Saturday--not knowing how to reckon the end of the week otherwise.)

Today's fun highlight is of a collection of materials just recently donated by Lake Oswego dentist Ralph Merrill, D.D.S. In 1964, while at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Merrill published the results of his research into "Occlusal anomalous tubercules on premolars of Alaskan Eskimos and Indians" (Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Path 17(4):484-496). Noticing examples of this anomaly in his practice at Henry Ford, Merrill set out to survey the literature and locate specimens in order to describe the clinical and histopathological characteristics of the condition for American audiences, and to suggest practical approaches for diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Merrill donated to the dental school the materials gathered in the course of this research, including models (one shown here in an illustration from the article offprint), 35mm slides, radiographs, and histologic slides. In addition, he donated a really beautiful framed replica of a section of the Edwin Smith Papyrus describing the technique for popping a dislocated jaw back into place (handy to know!).

Finally, we received a lovely case of instruments (shown below) which opens in so many ways that there are over 250 individual items inside. Our long suffering student, Ian Terrell, went through each and every one to compile a complete list--which is, of course, available upon request.

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