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James Beall Morrison Correspondence, 1869-1873

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Collector:
Morrison, James Beall ?-1917
Medical Sciences, Division of, NMAH, SI
Donor:
Reynolds, Allene
Reynolds, Roger
Author:
Tomes, Charles S
Garrett, H. S
Sercombe, Edwin
Physical description:
10 items
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1869
1869-1873
19th century
Notes:
Morrison studied dentistry in Steubenville, Ohio, 1848, apprenticing with two established dentists. Later formed a partnership with one of them for a travelling practice in the area. By 1857, moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and practiced dentistry with his brother William until 1861 or 1862. Then practiced in Paris for about a year, followed by six years in London. Returned to Missouri, practicing dentistry and improving dental equipment until his death, Dec. 1917. His first major contribution to dentistry was in 1871: developed and patented the first practical dental engine or power-driven dental tool. Patented an improved dental operating chair, which provided a wide range of movement, 1887.
Summary:
Ten letters from London dentists to Morrison, a dentist and inventor, discussing his improved dental engine and improved dental chair. Eight letters are from Edwin Sercombe, with one from H. S. Garrett and another from Charles S. Tomes.
Cite as:
James Beall Morrison Correspondence, 1869-1873, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Inventions
Inventors
Dentistry
Dentists
Dentistry--History
Dental technology--History
Local number:
00044201.jpg (AC Scan No. for letter reproduced in "History Wired")
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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