Hand To Mouth: Essays on The Art of Dentistry / Edition 1

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In addition to his private practice in Arizona, which has won state and national awards, Curtis has found time to publish the state professional journal and produce some 250 articles and two previous books about dentistry. Here he offers 57 essays and a poem for practitioners and patients on such themes as the dental Dracula, measuring cultural meaning in missing teeth, the venerable mother toothache, and paddling down the root canal. There is no index or bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867154092
  • Publisher: Quintessence
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Histories
Great Debates: Controversies in the history of dentistry 3
Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Contributions to dentistry from its practitioners 9
A Tube of Toothpaste 15
Numb and Number 19
The Dental Dracula 25
Have a Seat 29
Pt. 2 Mysteries
The Folklore in Your Mouth 35
Corpus Delecti 39
The Dentist Did It 43
What If? Ruminations on dental health and world history 47
Pt. 3 Meanings
Location, Location, Location 53
Dr. Jargon and Mr. Hide 55
You Look Like a Dentist 59
Figuring the Worth of a Tooth 63
Paying the Price 67
The Incarnations of S Mutans 71
Spit Happens 75
What's Your Shade? 79
The Culture of Painlessness 83
It's Taps for Gaps: Measuring cultural meaning in missing teeth 87
Pt. 4 Perceptions
Laughter, the Best (Dental) Medicine 93
That Certain Smell 97
The Dignity of the Drill 101
Truth or Consequences 107
Good Hair, Great Teeth 111
Notes on Mortality 115
Pt. 5 Curiousities
Right in the Kisser 121
Beware of Toothpick 123
Juicy Fruits 127
The Floss Generation 131
Someone's Teeth Are in My Bowl 135
Pt. 6 Visual Arts
The String and the Doorknob 139
Keeping One in the Air 141
Waiting for Godoy 147
Dental Anatomy 151
Pt. 7 Literature
What the Teeth Tell 155
The Literary Value of a Toothache 159
From Soreness to Savior Faire 167
Moral Decay 171
Venerable Mother Toothache (and other poems) 175
Pt. 8 Popular Culture
Believe in the Tooth Fairy 181
Brush with Destiny 187
Toothpaste Music 193
Foul Breath in Noisome 197
No, But I Saw the Movie 201
In the Swing 205
Pt. 9 Practice
Hurry Up and Wait 211
Fillings 217
Lively Conversation 221
Paddling Down the Root Canal 225
Music to Your Face 229
Pt. 10 Observations
Going to the Dogs 235
When Ordinary Isn't 239
One Snake or Two? 243
Open and Say "AU" 247
Getting Religion 251
The Color Purple, or Thereabouts 255
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