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G V Black THE FORMATION OF POISONS BY MICRO-ORGANISMS A BIOLOGICAL STUDY OF THE GERM THEORY OF DISEASE 1884 First Edition Very Rare Germ Theory Infection Experiments Pathogenic Micro-Organisms Bacteria Spores Yeast Cellular Digestion Waste Products Decay Father of Operative Dentistry Science

Title: The Formation of Poisons by Micro-Organisms. A Biological Study of the Germ Theory of Disease
Author: G. V. Black - Greene Vardiman Black, commonly known as G.V. Black, is known as one of the founders of modern dentistry in the United States. He is also known as the father of operative dentistry. By the age of 17, Black began studying medicine with the help of his brother, Dr. Thomas G. Black. In 1857, he met Dr. J.C. Speer, who taught him the practice of dentistry. After the Civil War, in which he served as a union scout, he relocated to Jacksonville, Illinois (1864). It was here that he began an active career and research in the developing field of dentistry. He studied dentistry for 20 months (as was common at the time) followed by an apprenticeship. He taught in the Dental Department at the University of Iowa, beginning at 1890 before moving to Chicago.

Black researched many important topics to dentistry, including the cause of dental fluorosis and ideal cavity preparations. One of his many inventions was a foot-driven dental drill. He is also known for his principles of tooth preparations, in which he outlines the proper methods to prepare teeth for fillings. These cavity preparations used principles of engineering and material sciences to maximize strength and retention of the amalgam filling and minimize fractures as well as tooth anatomy, to minimize pulp exposure. The phrase, "extension for prevention," is still famous in the dental community today and represents Black's idea that dentists should incorporate more grooves and pits than those currently exhibiting decay as a preventive measure against those grooves and pits developing tooth decay in the future, although today ideas have changed and focus much more on minimal intervention. Black published his concepts and ideals in his text Manual of Operative Dentistry in 1896.
Publisher: P. Blakiston, Son and Co.
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1884
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 178 pages, plus advertisements
Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Book Details: This very rare antique scientific title is bound in brown textured cloth with gilt lettering. Topics discussed in this volume include germ theory, Pasteur, Bastian, archebiosis, Lister’s antiseptic surgery, Miasmatic contagion, infection experiments, Beale, Bacillus anthracis, Koch, pathogenic micro-organisms, bacteria, spores, yeast, cellular digestion, waste products, and much more.
Condition / Notes: This volume shows very nicely, with minimal indications of age and wear, including mild shelfwear. The front hinge is slightly cracked. The binding and text block are sound. Text is clear and legible through mild age toning/foxing. There is a small moisture mark in the upper corner of the front endpapers.

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Estimate $70 - $200May 19, 2019