1897 MANUSCRIPT DENTISTRY NOTEBOOK of PHILADELPHIA DENTAL COLLEGE STUDENT
Handwritten School Notebook of W. E. Shaw, a Dentistry Student at Philadelphia Dental College in the mid 1890s. His signature is on both the front and rear pastedown. He also wrote "Class of '97" on the front pastedown and "Philadelphia Dental College" on the rear pastedown.
Hardcover notebook, paper covered boards, containing 140 lined 7.5x9.5 inch pages. About 110 of the pages are completely filled with the student's very organized and fully legible notes.
On the front pastedown he has written an Index, which states:
MATERIA MEDICA - Page 1 / PHYSIOLOGY - Page 33 / OPERATIVE DENTISTRY - Page 58 / PLASTICS - Page 71 (appears to be a section on various filling materials) / ANESTHESIA - Page 85. The latter pages also include a few other titled sections not in the student's handwritten index, including Valvular Disease, Apoplexy, and a section of 223 questions and answers, perhaps for study or a final exam. Though most of the Q&A's seem straightforward for dentistry of the 1890s, some are bizarre, and a few are racist, e.g. "Name some peculiarities of Negroes teeth? They are dense, hard, and yellowish." "What kind of teeth do you select for young people with dark eyes and hair? Dark teeth."
CONDITION: The front cover is disbound but present, the spine covering is completely lacking,
the rear cover is hanging on reasonably well but feels like a good tug could unbind it; internally, the inner hinge is split at numerous places but holding; the good news is that the notebook is complete with all its pages, and they are just lightly toned, bright, clean and clear. The dental student's handwriting is fully legible throughout. An important Americana document relating to dentistry.
A wonderful "I was there" look at American Dental College and Dentistry in 1897. A unique item.