Mandible board

William Adam (b.1894, d.1973)
A device for measuring angles of the mandible. The board was used by Dr William Adam in a study of Aboriginal Tasmanian dentition, in which research on jaws and teeth of 56 Tasmanian Aboriginal skulls are recorded. Completed for a doctoral thesis for a Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Melbourne School of Dental Science in 1940. It was constructed by the researcher, modelled after apparatus from the Galton Laboratory at University College London, the epicentre of 20th century eugenics research. The board is hinged with protractors and has a sliding fence.

Dr William Adam (1894-1073) graduated from the University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Dental Science, 1915. President of the Victorian branch of the Australian Dental Association, 1934. University of Melbourne, Doctor of Dental Science, 1940. Published a paper, 'The Keilor fossil skull; palate and upper dental arch' in Memoirs of the National Museum, Melbourne, 1943. Honorary dental staff member, Alfred Hospital, 1946. Retired as of 1970.
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Object detail

wood, metal and plastic
14.0 x 32.0 x 16.5 cm
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Object Type
dental equipment
Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum Category


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