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FAUCHARD, Pierre (1678-1761). Le chirurgien dentiste, ou trait des dents. Paris: Jean Mariette, 1728.
Two volumes, 12o (164 x 92 mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait of Fauchard by J.B. Scotin after J. Le Bel in the first volume, 40 engraved plates. (Title patched in first volume, library stamp removed from title in second.) Contemporary French calf, spine gilt (joints and spine ends repaired with olive morocco); morocco folding case.
FIRST EDITION OF FAUCHARD'S PIONEERING WORK IN THE FIELD OF MODERN DENTISTRY. Fauchard's Le chirurgien dentiste was the first work on the subject to synthesize the theoretical and practical knowledge of dentistry available to him at the time. "Before Fauchard's time the profession of dentistry was truly a 'mystery', for its practitioners had steadfastly refrained from publishing details of their technique and equipment. Fauchard summarized in his pages with numerous illustrations all that was best in the practice of his day and disclosed what had been hitherto jealously guarded secrets. Le Chirurgien Dentiste ... is in fact the first scientific work on its subject, and modern dentistry begins with its publication" (PMM). En Franais dans le texte 142; Garrison-Morton 3671 ("one of the greatest books in the history of the subject"); Grolier Medicine 40; NLM/Blake, p.144; PMM 186; Waller 10620; Weinberger, Dentistry I, pp. 297-312; Wellcome III, p.12; Norman 768. (2)
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