Monday, December 10, 2012

Ancient Dentistry - A Tooth Extraction

The drawing shows us an expert, sitting behind the patient lying, extracting a tooth and helped by two assistants. The man on the left pokes fire with bellows, and the other on the right, holds fire with a grip near the “dentist”.

Charaf-ed-Din (1404-1468) left us his famous Chirurgie of Ilkhani, an ancient dental manuscript, written and illustrated by him in 1465. This Turkish manuscript of ancient dentistry is preserved at the BNF (National Library of France).

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