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1888 Human Teeth Dental Hand Drawn Medical Plates Microscopic Antique Dentistry For Sale
Especially Rare 1888 edition of The Microscopic Structure of a Human Tooth: together with some unusual and irregular forms of teeth: By C. H. Stowell, M.D; A rare landmark text in both dental history and medical microscopic histology. Very large hand drawn plates of the human tooth. All skillfully drafted by a detailed artistic hand.
"In this work Dr. Stowell has done more for scientific dentistry than has any other author who has gone before him in this field of literature."
No others available worldwide save in institutional libraries
A copy of his large well-illustrated monograph is held in Smithsonian Institution.
The book consists of a series of plates of sections of the various teeth, expertly drawn by Stowell to a scale of about twenty-five to one, each plate confronted with a page of descriptive letter-press, and the whole supplemented with a treatise on the microscopic structure of the human tooth. The plates are models not only of good drawing and fine engraving, but of clearness and accuracy of detail. Their great size enables the author to show at once the macroscopical and microscopical appearances not simply of a part, but of the whole tooth, and consequently to make clear the anatomical relationships of the parts to each other and to the whole.
In addition to these anatomical and histological plates, there are a number of engravings illustrative of rare abnormalities in teeth, accurate representations of specimens from the cabinets of Professors Ford and Taft, of the University of Michigan. Jonathan Taft was the first Dean of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry one of the first dental school in the nation to be part of a university and the first to offer post graduate education. One of the greatest figures in the development of the dental profession to the high status it enjoys today. He wrote the most important clinical textbook of his time and set the standards for modern dental practices. These plates of his cabinet collection are extremely desirable and rare.
Charles Henry Stowell, born in Perry, New York, in 1850. He was graduated at the medical department of the University of Michigan in 1872, Stowell held many positions at the University but quickly gravitated to Histology and microscopy. He published numerous works concerning these specialties. Physicians in the 1800’s were hesitant to shift their focus from the macroscopic to the microscopic so like many before him including Johannes Müller, Virchow, Henle, Brück, Hemlholtz, Schwann...: Stowell is credited with advancing the theory that microscopic anatomy could provide the medical profession with a unique approach to investigating disease states.
This is a handsome work in the style of illustrated art publications, of large portfolio dimensions. It is printed on fine, heavy paper, and the fine plates, of which there are twelve, are mounted on muslin guards. The illustrations are well executed, and on a scale sufficiently large to make the delineation of structural characteristics very distinct.
Appended is a condensed historical resume of the progress of dental microscopy, followed by a description of the microscopic structure of a human tooth, including the dentine, dentinal canals, dentinal sheath, dentinal fibers, the granular layer, the interglobular substance, vaso-dentine, osteodentine, and dentine of repair; cuticula, enamel, cement, pulp, odontoblasts, and lymphatics; with directions as to methods of examining.
The professional style, tone, and character of this work is highly celebrated.
"The superior press work calls for additional admiration it to be the most sumptuous volume ever printed in Ann Abhor"
The Michigan Argonaut
The microscopic structure of a human tooth together with some unusual and irregular forms of teeth: By C. H. Stowell, M.D., F.R.M.S., professor of histology and microscopy in the University of Michigan, Second Edition Ann Arbor, Mich: 1888. unpaginated; 12 plates, Large Folio measuring approx. 16.5" X 12"
Condition: A VERY RARE AND DISIRABLE EDITION OF THIS LANDMARK TEXT> De-accessioned from the New York Academy of Medicine with plate on inside board and stamp to half title. Original brown faux textured animal skin boards with chipping around borders. Labeled on front and spine. Soiling and peripheral chipping to endpapers and half title only. Interior is clean and free of foxing and markings, mild toning consistent with age of over 125yrs. Plates are stunning and clean original tissue guards in place and all 12 plates present. We could find no other available copies of this rare and desirable text. A true museum worthy acquisition.
A copy of this large well-illustrated monograph is held in the Smithsonian Institution.
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