The Excruciating History of Dentistry by James Wynbrandt
Toothsome Tales & Oral Oddities from Babylon to Braces

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The legion of dental phobics - and others whose whine raises in tandem with that of the drill - would do well to stifle their terror and instead offer thanks to Apollonia, the patron saint of toothache sufferers, that they only face fleeting discomfort rather than the disfiguring distress or slow agonizing death by the dental care providers of the past. The transition from yesterday's ignorance, misapprehension and superstition to the enlightened and nerve-deadened protocols of today has been a slow and painful process. This text contains, among many thing, the following facts: among toothache remedies favoured by Pierre Fauchard was rinsing the mouth liberally with one's own urine; George Washington never had wooden teeth - however his chronic dental problem may have impacted the outcome of the American Revolution; and soldiers in the Civil War needed at least two opposing front teeth to rip open powder envelopes, so some men called up for induction had their front teeth extracted to avoid service.

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David Neeleman is much more than one of today's most accomplished aviation executives. Throughout an incredible career that began with selling Hawaiian timeshare vacation packages as a college student and ultimately led to the creation of JetBlue, Neeleman has demonstrated an uncanny ability to identify and fill unmet needs by building niche businesses. Flying High is a straightforward, illuminating account of David Neeleman's life and the principles by which he has created his highly profitable travel empire-rules that can be applied to virtually any business in almost every industry. James Wynbrandt is a New York--based author and award-winning aviation and business reporter. He is a regular contributor to numerous high-profile aviation publications, including "Smithsonian Air and Space, Plane & Pilot, General Aviation News, Avionics News," and "Pilot Journal," A licensed pilot, Wynbrandt has been following JetBlue since the company's founding. His articles on business and aviation have also appeared in "The New York Times, Forbes, Management Review, Computer and Electronics Marketing, Flying," and "Aspen Magazine," among others.
Published August 17, 2000 by St. Martin's Griffin. 248 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Humor & Entertainment, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Some were merely incompetent.”), the beginnings of the modern dental era in 18th-century France, and the profession’s 19th-century efforts to rid itself of quacks and charlatans (the world’s first dental college opened in 1840).

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