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The Smile Stealers


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Introduction: You Know the Drill * 1. The Natural and Ancient History of the Teeth * 2. Pulling Teeth in Medieval Europe * 3. Fauchard and The Dentistes * 4. Enlightened Extractions * 5. 'A New Era in Tooth-Pulling!' * 6. The Skull Beneath the Skin * 7. The Smile of Success

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An incisive and startling international review of the evolution of dentistry from the Bronze Age to the present day, presented in a beautifully crafted book of cult appeal.

About the Author

Richard Barnett studied medicine before becoming a historian. His writing has appeared in The Lancet, The London Magazine and The Natural Death Handbook. His first book, Medical London: City of Diseases, City of Cures, was published in 2008 and was a Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4. His second book, The Sick Rose, published by Thames & Hudson, was the winner of The British Book Design and Production Awards. Richard has also appeared on BBC4's 'The Beauty of Anatomy'. He is currently Director of studies in History, Pembroke-King's Programme, University of Cambridge and Honorary Research Fellow, UCL.


'Magnificent ... All human life is here - the pain, the suffering and the happiness summed up in the ecstasy of a toothsome smile' - Tatler
'I love the thought of The Smile Stealers being casually left in dentists' waiting rooms ... It is gory, beautiful, probing' - The Times
'Excellent' - Will Self, Guardian
'Thoroughly compelling' - Times Literary Supplement

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