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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin August 2011
46 AUGUST 2011 Compiled by Associate Professor Barrie Gillings clinical hints COMMUnICATIOnS Geoff Rider (Sydney 2000) appended to a Clinical Hints answer the following quote: “Dontopedalogy is the science of opening your mouth and putting your foot in it, a science which I have practised for a good many years”. It was delivered in an address to the General Dental Council (Great Britain) in 1960. Geoff continued: “your readers may be able to put a name to the author”. There is no prize, but we will publish the names of respondents who know. Most dentists, and probably all orthodontists, will recognise the name Begg, because Percy Raymond Begg developed the ‘Begg Technique’ for repositioning teeth. He was a professor at the University of Adelaide, awarded a DDSc in 1935, an AO in 1981 and was the first Australian in the Hall of Fame of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Another Begg, John, may not be so well known to fellow dentists. After service in the RAF in WWII, he studied dentistry at the University of Sydney under the Commonwealth Reconstruction Training Scheme (CRTS) and graduated in 1950. After working in Europe he returned to Sydney with a Scottish wife and practised on the Corso, Manly, for the next 35 years. He became an Elder at St Andrews Church, Manly and was active in providing dental services for various charities including the Bathurst Island Mission. He also played Rugby for Manly and was the Sea Eagles’ dentist for some time. The Mayor of Manly, Councillor Jean Hay, presented him, in 2011, with a Certificate of Appreciation for his voluntary work over many years. He is 86 years old. A SEnIOR dEnTIST Another old serviceman is Colonel Maurice Dingle. After graduating from The University of Queensland as a dentist in 1944 he joined the Army and served in Australia, New Guinea and Japan. After discharge he served part-time, was appointed Lt. Colonel and Assistant Director Dental Services, Northern Command in 1957 and then Colonel and Deputy Director in 1966, in which year he was also President of the ADA, Queensland Branch. He retired from private practice in 1997. He died on 8 June 2011, leaving wife Betty, four children and six grandchildren. Maurice was Patron of the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps Association for the last ten years, and has provided your Columnist with entertaining reminiscences of WWII dentistry for more than two decades. His hand-written, multi-page missives were always a delight, and when your Archivist read an opening sentence: “As usual, your ‘Clinical Hints’ stirred up a few memories into action”, he knew that, as usual, they would be entertaining and informative. Maurice’s last CH communication had a P.S: “I thought of sending you an e-mail, until this ‘magnum opus’ took off and got out of hand.” I used nearly all of it. AvE ETQUE vALE Another senior dentist, Campbell Harry (Cam) Graham died on 11 July 2011, aged 96. He was educated at North Sydney Boy’s High School, gained a Class II Honours BDS at the University of Sydney, a DDS at the University of Chicago, an MDS at Sydney, was a Professor at the U of Malaya and was appointed Professor of Prosthetic Dentistry, University of Sydney in 1961, retiring in 1977. Highly regarded by his colleagues, he was awarded the Fairfax Reading Memorial Prize in 1980. Cam was gentle and kindly, a scholar, a superb clinician and a thorough gentleman. Your Annalist worked in his department, researched and socialised with him, and missed him when he retired. Cam kept in touch with his erstwhile staff over the years, often telephoned me for a chat about items in Clinical Hints, and even attempted a TEASER answer. He was a devoted husband, father to a son and daughter, and grandfather of six. SPELLInG REfORM George Bernard Shaw was one of many strong proponents of this, partly because regular spelling made teaching the English language so difficult. But, as Bill Bryson points out in his entertaining and informative book The Mother Tongue: English and how it got that way,* what simplified spelling systems gain in terms of consistency, they often throw away in terms of clarity. Here are some of his examples: seas/seize, flees/fleas, aloud/ allowed, chance/chants, air/heir, wrest/rest, ‘flu/flue/flew, weather/whether/wether, and so on. He then, cleverly, says: perplexity and ambiguity would reign/rain/rein. SARAJEvO This is the city in Jugoslavia made famous when the Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated and World War I started. Bill Bryson’s The Mother Tongue: English and how it got that way, notes that the city is as remote from English-speaking culture as any place in Europe, but on every guestroom door in his hotel there, he found the message, in English: Guests should announce the abandonment of their rooms before 12 o’clock, emptying the room at the latest until 14 o’clock, for the use of the room before 5 at the arrival or after 16 o’clock at the departure, will be billed as one night more. He went on to note that they speak five languages in Jugoslavia, and none of them use the word STOP. But every stop sign in the city has one word written on it. That word is STOP. *Penguin Books 1991: 5791086
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