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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin October 2010
38 OCTOBER 2010 COMMUnICATIOnS Our far-flung correspondents in Northeast Arnhem Land, Neil Lanceley and Denise Salvestro e-mailed that they were “chuffed to read your very kind words ... in the August Bulletin”. They also mentioned writing an article about their work in the September Oral Health Foundation Magazine, and that they were at the airport about to fly to the Brazil FDI meeting. They certainly keep busy. Another way to communicate is by SMS*, a system that people, especially the young, use to exchange information by mobile telephone. Your elderly Commentator used SMS to provide inexpensive communication with his life partner while on a European car rally where telephone calls to Australia were VERY expensive. But CH readers can not reach him this way, as he now restricts his mobile telephone usage to advising friends of births, deaths or catastrophies. But recently, a flashing blue light on his ‘phone indicated the arrival of an SMS. These rare events are usually Telstra wishing him a happy birthday, but this one was < You missed a call from 0265836111, who said “Clinical Hint, Jeremy Rook (?) 658361”>. He then started a forensic investigation, because a ‘Clinical Hint’ is like gold hereabouts, but who is Jeremy Rook? There is no such person listed in the ADA Dental Directory, and calling the number evoked a typical dental surgery ‘after hours’ message. So your Amanuensis decided to play detective. The ADA Directory sorts dentists by township, and all surgeries list their telephone numbers. Finding towns with surgeries having telephone numbers starting with ‘65’ is easy, but tedious. The seventh town he found in NSW with (02) followed by 65 showed a surgery with the number given in the SMS, but the dentist listed was not Jeremy Rook, but Jeremy Rourke. Telstra White Pages yielded Jeremy’s home number, and your Essayist asked him “why, in your SMS, did you call yourself Rook?” His answer was that when Telstra re-routes calls, a voice recognition program is used, and <Rook(?)> must be computerspeak for Rourke. Your Anecdotist’s second question was “what is your Clinical Hint?” and he provided it. Thank you, Jeremy. The above shows the lengths to which your Narrator will go to obtain a clinical hint. Please send more hints, but not by SMS. GREEnE vARDIMAn bLACK, STILL REMEMbERED AfTER A CEnTURY John Paterson (Auchenflower 4066) is clearly a serious student, because he wants to “borrow or buy a copy of From Pioneer to Scientist, a biography of the legendary GV Black, written by Carl Black, and published in 1940”. John is giving a talk on Black to a learned society, and hopes a reader out there somewhere might have a copy. If you can lend/give/ sell him a copy, he would be delighted to hear from you. EQUInE DEnTISTRY Vic Bird (Bowraville 2449) owns horses (email@example.com) and says that the extraction forceps TEASER were definitely equine. He knows because he has been “involved in a little equine dentistry”. He rejected the suggestion that they may have been farrier’s tongs, which have much longer handles to avoid scorched hands. He went on to explain that when making horseshoes, the farrier holds the red-hot shoe in the tongs with one hand, and the ‘fullering tool’† in the other, and the assistant strikes it with a 5–7lb hammer. That done, the process is repeated with a punch, called a pritchel, to make the holes which will accommodate the horseshoe nails, which have a unique shape. Most horseshoes are now factory-made, but often need shaping and adjusting to fit each individual hoof. The whole operation requires skill and teamwork. TYPOS Our regular correspondent, Mark Knapp (South Yarra 3141) cautions readers to have their written words proofread by someone else. He cited an example from Australasian Dental Practice (July – August 2010), in which the writer ends a series of writing hints with the advice: “... enlist the help of another person in your practice to cast a fresh pair of eyes over your copy”. Alas, the sentence before the above contained not one, but two errors. A SEnIOR DEnTIST A few decades ago, dentists, in a stressful occupation, died earlier than other professional people. But the job is now less stressful. For a start, we now work sitting down. More of us reach a ripe old age, and can look back fondly on a useful and productive career. One such is Reginald (Reg) Hession, AM OMLJ KLJ, who stopped to have a chat with your Recorder at a recent vintage car rally. Reg graduated from the Sydney Dental School in 1953, two years before your Compiled by Associate Professor Barrie Gillings clinical hints * Short Message Standard communication protocol. † The fuller is the groove running around the middle of the shoe.
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