BUNON, [Robert].

Essay sur les Maladies des Dents, ou l’on propose les moyens de leur procurer une bonne conformation dès la plus tendre enfance, & d’en assurer la conservation pendant tout le cours de la vie. Avec une lettre où l’on discute quelques opinions particulieres de l’auteur de l’orthopedie.

A Paris: Chez Briasson...Chaubert...et de Hansy... .1743

12mo, pp. xii, 237, (3). Contemporary calf, spine gilt, red morocco label. Small repair to head of spine, front free endpaper a little stained, a few other small marks, but a very good copy.

FIRST EDITION. G&M 3672.1. The first book to incorporate specialised ondontological research, and one of the first books devoted to children’s teeth, the first, by Hurlock, having been published only the year before. Bunon was an outstanding dentist of his time, and his books were a major contribution to the rise of French dental literature that began with Fauchard. However, dissatisfied with the incomplete coverage of dental problems that he found in the works of Fauchard and Geraudly, Bunon addressed such issues as dental erosion, development of the teeth, and the genesis of enamel hypoplasia. The Essay was the first of his important books on dentistry. Three years later he published his Expériences et demonstrations, in which he proved the assertions set out in the Essay, through a series of dental researches conducted on patients at the Salpêtrière and at the hospital of St. Côme—the first such ever performed. Guerini pp. 301–302. Hoffmann-Axthelm pp. 207–209 (illustrating the title-page). Weinberger p. 313.


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