Tooth and Veil -

Tooth and Veil

The life and times of the New Zealand dental nurse

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The story of the young women charged with waging war on our nation's poor teeth In 1921, when the School Dental Service was established, New Zealand embarked on a unique social experiment: improving the terrible state of the nation's teeth. Set up by veterans of the First World War, the service focused on 'battling Bertie Germ' was run like a military operation and the all-female dental nurses were treated like foot-soldiers: underpaid, overworked and poorly resourced. Eventually they rebelled. In this lively history, Noel O'Hare details the nurses' experiences on the front line of dental health, and explores what that reveals about our society's attitudes to women, work and children's health.

Product code: 9780995122963

ISBN 9780995122963
No. Of Pages 256
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) 250x190
On Sale Date 09/04/2020
Publisher Massey University Press
The story of the young women charged with waging war on our nations poor teeth. In 1921 the School Dental Service was established. Unique to New Zealand it was lauded around the world, and later modelled in 15 countries.