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C. Edmund Kells (1856-1928).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11794365     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Dr. C. Edmund Kells, a dentist practicing in the deep South became a pioneer in the profession of dentistry and medicine with his numerous inventions and publications. His most significant invention was the surgical aspirator for dental and medical surgery, still utilized today. Kells was also one of the first dentists to hire a female dental assistant and the first to expose a dental radiograph in the United States. Although controversial at times, he fought for his convictions and beliefs in the advancement of dentistry. Kell's theories on conservative cavity preparation and 'saving' pulpless teeth are scientifically validated almost one century later. Because of Kells persistence, dental professionals today continue to benefit from his inventions and procedures.
C M Kracher
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article; Portraits    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the history of dentistry     Volume:  48     ISSN:  1089-6287     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hist Dent     Publication Date:  2000 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-16     Completed Date:  2002-02-12     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9609747     Medline TA:  J Hist Dent     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  65-9     Citation Subset:  D; Q    
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Dental Cavity Preparation / history
Dentists / history*
History of Dentistry
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
Root Canal Therapy / history
Suction / history
United States
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
C E Kells

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