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Titre du document / Document title

Martin Van Butchell (1735-1814): The eccentric, kook dentist of Old London = Martin Van Butchell (1735-1814) : le dentiste eccentrique du Vieux Londres

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

CHRISTEN A. G. (1) ; CHRISTEN J. A. (1) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) Department of Oral Biology, Indiana University School of Dentistry, 1121 West Michigan Street, Room B-19, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-5186, ETATS-UNIS

Résumé / Abstract

This article is a thumbnail sketch of the life and times of Martin Van Butchell (1735-1814), an eccentric, kook advertising dentist of Old London. Van Butchell earned these descriptive labels by displaying an orthodox lifestyle, an outrageous personal appearance and outlandish, extreme and socially unacceptable personal and professional behaviors. While the general populace seemed to be fascinated by his strange ways, dentists and physicians were generally alienated by them. Nevertheless, he was considered a good dentist for his time, and he was extremely popular with his patients. Martin practiced dentistry for 23 years, and he practiced medicine as well, specializing in the treatment of ruptures and anal fistulas. Van Butchell interacted greatly with both John and William Hunter, who became two of the most famous and talented physicians, surgeons, anatomists and biologists of all time. When his first wife, Mary died, Martin arranged for her body to be embalmed and publicly displayed in his dental office for advertising purposes. Her preserved body was shown at the Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons (London), until it was destroyed by a German fire bomb in May, 1941. Mary's remains were on public display for a total of 166 years.

Revue / Journal Title

Journal of the history of dentistry    ISSN  1089-6287 

Source / Source

1999, vol. 47, no3, pp. 99-104 (20 ref.)

Langue / Language

Anglais

Editeur / Publisher

American Academy of the History of Dentistry, Chicaco, IL, ETATS-UNIS  (1996) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Odontology

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Biography

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Century 18-19

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Practice

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London

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Medicine

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Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Odontologie

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Biographie

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Siècle 18-19

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Pratique

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Londres

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Médecine

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Van Butchell (M.)

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Mots-clés espagnols / Spanish Keywords

OdontologÍa

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BiografÍa

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Siglo 18-19

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Práctica

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London

;

Medicina

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Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 23914, 35400008039621.0010

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 1552353



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