n South African Dental Journal - Pierre Fauchard - the father of modern Dentistry (1678 - 1761) - front cover picture

Volume 75 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1029-4864
  • E-ISSN: 2519-0105


Pierre Fauchard (1678 -1761) started his working life at the age of 15 as a cadet in the French Navy. There he was greatly influenced by a Navy Surgeon, Alexander Potelert, who lit the interest in the healing arts which was to direct the career of the young Pierre. Pursuing that commitment, Fauchard left the navy after three years at sea, during which time he had observed many oral diseases, especially scurvy, amongst his colleagues.

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