• International Earth Day - 22 April
    Vol 76 No 3 (2021)

    In the 1969 UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honour the Earth and the concept of peace. The first such event was celebrated on March 21, 1970 to coincide with the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. A month later the United States Senator Gaylord Nelson proposed the idea to hold a nationwide environmental teach-in on April 22, 1970. This first celebrations took place in more than two thousand colleges and universities, ten thousand primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the United States. It brought over 20 million Americans out into the spring sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in favour of environmental reform and protection. The 22nd of April subsequently
    became the new date for the International Earth Day.

  • South African Dental Journal
    Vol 76 No 2 (2021)

    Paul Fürst, engraving, c. 1721, of a plague doctor of Marseilles (introduced as ‘Dr Beaky of Rome’). His nose-case is filled with herbal material to keep off the plague. Medical mask-wearing has a long history dating back to the popular beaded masks worn by doctors in the 17th century during the plague epidemic. They believed that the disease spread through miasmas - bad smells that wafted through the air. Their clothing was thus intended to protect them from these airborne diseases. The original “beak doctor” costume was believed to
    have been invented by the French doctor Charles de Lorme in 1619 who advocated doctors and surgeons wear a full head-to-toe protective garment. It consisted of an ankle-length overcoat, boots, a wide rimmed hat (that indicated their profession), and a bird-like beak mask. The mask had glass openings for the eyes and a curved beak shaped like a bird’s beak with straps that held it in front of the doctor’s nose.

  • South African Dental Journal
    Vol 76 No 1 (2021)

    About the Cover Page - A Guro mask from the Ivory Coast
    (Thanks to Marna Schoeman for sharing it from her collection.)

    The hand carved Guro masks of the Ivory Coast represent the spirit of Gu, the wife of Zamble, a supernatural being. All masks are individually carved and coloured and no two are ever the same, however they all have a number of similarities. They all have a combination of human and animal traits such as horns or bills from large billed birds which give them magical spiritual powers, and protect the owner as well as the tribe. They were worn during customary ceremonies, funerals, animal sacrifices and weddings. Today the people honour their ancestors with traditional dances and wear the masks as a symbol of respect and loyalty to their past.

  • South African Dental Journal
    Vol 75 No 10 (2020)

    About the Cover Page

    The theme for the Front Cover of the South African Dental Journal this year provides for some historical figures, some characters illuminating dental history and some important achievements in South African Dental history. The cover for November looks back to the first black Africans to qualify in Dentistry in South Africa.

    The years 1975 and 1977 mark extraordinary events in the history of Dentistry in South Africa. Amongst the names of those graduating Bachelor of Dental Science at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, are those of Kenneth TQ Mathobela (1975) and Teresa Norma Nxumalo (1977) (not pictured). They are the first male and female black Africans to have qualified as dentists in South Africa. In itself that is a romantic record ... but the excitement continued, for, later, Kenneth and Teresa married! A storybook theme!

  • South African Dental Journal
    Vol 75 No 9 (2020)

    About the Cover

    The theme for the Front Cover of the South African Dental Journal this year provides for some historical figures, some characters illuminating dental history and some important achievements in South African Dental history. The cover for October looks at an Egyptian recognised as the first dentist. Hesy-Ra is recognised as the first known dental surgeon. An Egyptian who lived in about 2650 BC, he practised dentistry and medicine. 

  • South African Dental Journal
    Vol 75 No 8 (2020)

    About the Cover

    Johannes Frederick (“Frikkie”) van Reenen (20/04/1926 to 8/9/2007) …. a doyen of the profession who by exemplary example contributed to the advance of Dental Education in South Africa.

  • South African Dental Journal
    Vol 75 No 7 (2020)

    About the Cover

    Edward Angle - The father of modern Orthodontics - was a perfectionist who brought to Orthodontics the cult of the highest possible standards, and who is regarded as the father of modern Orthodontics. Born 1855, died 1930, after a life driven by commitment to seek the ultimate in treatment achievement.

  • South African Dental Journal
    Vol 75 No 6 (2020)

    About the Cover Page

    Professor Mervyn Shear, BDS (Rand), MDS (Oral Pathology) (Rand), FRC Path (Royal College of Pathologists), DSc (Dentistry) (Wits). Known as “the cyst man,” Mervyn was the prime mover in the establishment of Oral Pathology as a speciality in South Africa. He authored over 115 scientific papers and his “Cysts of the Oral and Maxillo-facial Regions” (fourth edition published in 2007) held central place as the favoured reference for the topic.

  • South African Dental Journal
    Vol 75 No 5 (2020)

    About the Cover Page

    Dr Per-Ingvar Brånemark was ultimately recognised as the “father of osseointegration”. He received the Swedish Engineering Academy medal for technical innovation and the coveted Swedish Society of Medicine Soederberg Prize in 1992. At the time of his death in 2014, he held more than thirty honorary positions at Universities through Europe and North America and had been declared the European Inventor of the Year in 2011 in the category Lifetime Achievement.

  • Prof Bertram Cohen CBE, a South African dentist who achieved worldwide recognition for his outstanding contributions to oral pathology, Professor Bertram Cohen was the first Nuffield Research Professor at the Royal Colleges of Surgery, England. He served in the Second World War in the South African Medical Corps. A fine start to a life of service. South African Dental Journal
    Vol 75 No 4 (2020)

    About the Cover Page

    Prof Bertram Cohen CBE, a South African dentist who achieved worldwide recognition for his outstanding contributions to oral pathology. Prof Bertram Cohen was the first Nuffield Research Professor at the Royal Colleges of Surgery, England. He served in the Second World War in the South African Medical Corps. A fine start to a life of service.