The author’s recollections are a rare look inside Dentistry, within a meaningful and entertaining historic framework. The level of detail is unstinting and refreshing, providing health consumers with satisfying nuggets of solid information. Selden’s message is clear: Valuable benefits accrue when the patient becomes an informed partner with the ...
The author’s recollections are a rare look inside Dentistry, within a meaningful and entertaining historic framework. The level of detail is unstinting and refreshing, providing health consumers with satisfying nuggets of solid information.
Selden’s message is clear: Valuable benefits accrue when the patient becomes an informed partner with the Doctor, especially in interpreting symptoms.
Within a towering Rocky Mountain ski resort we are drawn into the arcane world of dental decay, from its cause to its epidemic levels during the Middle Ages—along with the Bubonic plague dental infections defined those tragic European years.
The fascinating history of acupuncture, and its introduction to American Medicine and Dentistry is detailed and exciting. Selden highlights this section by telling how he amazingly stops a patient’s agonizing toothache with his first use of acupuncture.
The inner world of root canal therapy, seen through an operating microscope, provides clarity and understanding.
The very moving account of Selden’s failure to successfully treat an important tooth for a patient, leads to her consoling him: a rare reversal of roles.
Reaching back to Dental School days, we hear how the confrontation with cadavers, along with their noxious odors, challenges the determination of some to follow this career.
Howard S. Selden is the author of over thirty scientific papers published in Dentistry’s Journal of Endodontics (root canal therapy). During his career as a practicing Dental specialist he was also involved in teaching: he is a former Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Endodontology,Temple University School of Dentistry, Philadelphia, PA; he helped establish Dental Departments in local hospitals to care for the indigent; and served as the Director of the Dental Department at the Muhlenberg Hospital Center, Bethlehem, PA.
Following retirement, when asked, “What are you doing with yourself these days?” he answers that looking back on his life, wondering what influenced him and how he got here, led to the fulfilling solitary experience of writing stories.
Having spent many years reading publications of all genre, it is not surprising his first published book, The Pariah Stigma, flowed easily in this genre.
The Shaman and the Jew, an historical fiction novel, is a complex creative effort. Selden found the blending of fictitious characters and plot within an authentic historical framework a continuous challenge. His long-term interest in history helped. The many collected books, especially those on ancient history, offered handy reference for pertinent details. Access to supplementary information through a computer search was invaluable. From Selden’s earliest days as a Boy Scout, where he earned Eagle Scout rank, he recognized his interest in helping the injured and sick, leading inevitably to a career in Dentistry. In high school his role as manager of the football team offered many opportunities to aid the injured players, since in those days the helmets were soft leather, and there were no face or mouth guards—thus Dentists were kept busy replacing displaced and broken front teeth.
As a long time alpine ski enthusiast, Selden, along with his wife and three children, enjoyed many a winter vacation. Howard lives in Easton, PA with his lovely wife Tamara.