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Royal Dentist's Account Book

  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


Ledger of a fashionable London dental practice, recording patients' accounts for the year 1883. Among the patients were Princess Beatrice, Prince and Princess Christian and the royal children (Prince Albert, Princess Victoria and Princess Louise), and numerous members of the peerage and of London society, including the physician Sir William Gull. Many entries record dental work performed by 'JF' and 'MD'. These were John Fairbank (1845-1930), Lecturer on Dental Surgery at Charing Cross Hospital and afterwards President of the Odontological Society, and Marcus Davis (d. 1923), dentists recorded together at 18 George Street, Hanover Square, in the Royal Blue Book for 1885. Fairbank is known to have been the regular dentist of Princess Beatrice. His obituary (BDJ 1931, 52: 139) also records his attendance on Prince and Princess Christian and their children, and his friendship with Sir William Gull.



Physical description

1 volume 1 volume: 185 × 125 mm., xxvii + 247 pp. Original black leather binding, 'ledger' lettered in gold on the spine.

Acquisition note

Stride & Son, Chichester, 30 April 1987, lot 137.

Finding aids

Database description taken from that in: Richard Palmer, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine: Western Manuscripts 5120-6244 (London: The Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine, 1999).


  • English

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