Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dental anatomy

Some of the most remarkable images coming up from the OHSU School of Dentistry vault are those of the dental anatomy lab at North Pacific Dental College in the early part of the 20th century. The photo shown here was donated by Margaret Millgard Cooper, daughter of 1908 NPDC graduate M. Lewis Millgard, D.M.D. (Margaret herself is a 1937 graduate of the dental hygiene program at NPDC). According to faint notations on the back, the photo was taken in March 1907. Millgard identified the individuals as "Ford, Dr. Ewing, Ruenor, Dr. Sterns, Dr. Robbins, McLeod" and labeled the whole as "The Three Wisemen." I'm not sure what the makes the other three men, but there you have it. (If you ask me, at least one of the men was a dandy; check out the outfit on Ruenor, which involves a small white bowtie and some elaborate piping.)

Millgard also included the obituary for one of the individuals, Ray P. Robbins, gluing it to the back of the mount. The clipping is undated, but is clearly from a Portland paper. We learn that Robbins, a 1903 graduate of the University of Minnesota Dental School, was born in Sauk Center, MN, and practiced in Minnesota and North Dakota before relocating to Portland. The cause of death was spinal meningitis. Robbins was only 28 years old.

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