Richard Owen and the Comparative Anatomy of Teeth

J Hist Dent. 1997 Mar;45(1):11-6.


One hundred fifty years ago, Richard Owen published the first detailed monograph on the comparative anatomy of teeth entitled Odontography; or, A Treatise on the Comparative Anatomy of the Teeth; their Physiological Relations, Mode of Development, and Microscopic Structure, in the Vertebrate Animals. The treatise is considered to be the first fundamental work of odontology. The 150th anniversary of its publication is an appropriate time to rediscover the roots and development of this scientific discipline, as well as the life and work of its author.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Anatomy, Comparative / education
  • Anatomy, Comparative / history*
  • Animals
  • England
  • History, 19th Century
  • Humans
  • Odontometry / history*
  • Paleodontology / history*
  • Textbooks as Topic / history
  • Tooth / anatomy & histology*

Personal name as subject

  • R Owen