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Medieval dentistry

Dentistry, also known as dental medicine and oral medicine, is a branch of medicine that consists of the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders, and conditions of the oral cavity, commonly in the dentition but also the oral mucosa, and of adjacent and related structures and tissues, particularly in the maxillofacial (jaw and facial) area.


  • DENTIST, n. A prestidigitator who, putting metal into your mouth, pulls coins out of your pocket.
    • Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic's Dictionary (1906); republished as The Devil's Dictionary (1911).
  • You mean people pay you to do this to them? I thought you had captured these people and brought them here against their will! How do I become a dentist?

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 188-89.
  • My curse upon thy venom'd stang,
    That shoots my tortured gums alang;
    And through my lugs gies monie a twang,
    Wi' gnawing vengeance,
    Tearing my nerves wi' bitter pang,
    Like racking engines!
  • One said a tooth drawer was a kind of unconscionable trade, because his trade was nothing else but to take away those things whereby every man gets his living.
    • William Hazlitt, Shakespeare Jest Books. Conceits, Clinches, Flashes and Whimzies, No. 84.
  • Some ask'd how pearls did grow, and where,
    Then spoke I to my girle,
    To part her lips, and showed them there
    The quarelets of pearl.
  • Those cherries fairly do enclose
    Of orient pearl a double row,
    Which, when her lovely laughter shows,
    They look like rosebuds fill'd with snow.
    • Set to music by Richard Alison, An Howre's Recreation in Musike. See Oliphant's La Messa Madrigalesca, p. 229.
  • I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
    • Job, XIX, 20.
  • Thais has black, Læcania white teeth; what is the reason? Thais has her own, Læcania bought ones.
    • Martial, Epigrams (c. 80-104 AD), Book V, Epigram 43.
  • In the spyght of his tethe.


  • Mad is the man who is forever gritting his teeth against that granite block, complete and changeless, of the past.
  • I don't have false teeth. Do you think I'd buy teeth like these?
  • Let us have a dagger between our teeth, a bomb in our hands, and an infinite scorn in our hearts.
  • The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound.
  • Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking that women have fewer teeth than men, by the simple device of asking Mrs Aristotle to keep her mouth open while he counted.
    • Bertrand Russell, "An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish", Unpopular Essays (1950).
  • I'm as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth.
  • I will be flesh and blood;
    For there was never yet philosopher
    That could endure the toothache patiently,
    However they have writ the style of gods
    And make a push at chance and sufferance.
  • Thirty white horses on a red hill,
    First they champ,
    Then they stamp,
    Then they stand still.

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