Publisher Information: London: Johnson, 1778.
Hunter, John (1728-93). (1) A natural history of the human teeth: Explaining their structure, use, formation, growth & diseases. , 128pp. 16 copperplates, each with printed explanation leaf. London: J. Johnson, 1778. Bound with: (2) A practical treatise on the diseases of the teeth intended as a supplement to the natural history of those parts. , iv, 128 pp. London: J. Johnson, 1778. Half-title, title and introduction to (2) misbound after contents leaf of (1). Together 2 vols. in 1, 4to. 258 x 206 mm. Modern speckled calf, gilt spine, by Bernard Middleton. Upper & lower corners of the first volume's title repaired, some browning & offsetting, fore-edges of first few leaves a bit frayed. Very good copy, from the library of Chauncey D. Leake (1896-1978), with his initials and extensive pencil notes on rear endpapers.
First Edition of (2), second edition of (1). Garrison-Morton 3675-76. Hunter was the first to study the teeth in a scientific manner, and the first to recommend complete removal of the pulp in filling them.
"This classical work revolutionized the practice of dentistry, and provided a basis for later dental research. Hunter introduced the classes cuspids, bicuspids, molars and incisors; he also devised appliances for the correction of malocclusion. In part 2 of the above work he included instructions with regard to the operation of tooth transplantation" (G-M).
The first edition of the Practical Treatise was published in 1771; the 1778 second edition was intended to be bound with the first edition of the Practical Treatise. This copy was once owned by Chauncey D. Leake, co-discoverer of the anesthetic properties of divinyl ether (G-M 5713) and author of histories of pharmacology (G-M 2068.14) and old Egyptian medical papyri (G-M 6471.1). Wellcome III, p. 317. Hoffmann-Axthelm, History of Dentistry, pp. 219-22.Book Id: 37532