Science to Chew Over

In today’s blog, we chat to Carol Parry who is leading an event at this year’s science festival – ‘Face, Teeth & Jaws’ – to explore the history of dentistry and more current issues surrounding teeth including tooth replacement and child protection.

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Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Carol Parry, Library and Heritage Manager at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.  The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is the only multidisciplinary Royal College in the UK.  Its membership, which exceeds 11,000, includes physicians, surgeons, dental practitioners, travel medicine and podiatric medicine professionals.

The College was founded in 1599 and has a magnificent library with works dating back to the 15th century as well as instrument and art collections.  Not only do will try to look after the collections to the best possible standards but we are really keen that more people should find out and learn about what we hold and what the College does today.

What brings you to the Science Festival this year?

The Glasgow Science Festival is a great way for members of the public to find out about the collections we hold at the College, visit a really interesting building and learn about the history of dentistry.

Our free event, Face, Teeth and Jaws, on the 11th June provides an opportunity to hear from top experts on child protection, tooth replacement and the development of dentistry as a profession.  To eat you really need to have to have teeth – so how fitting is it that this year is Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink?

The Matrix, District 9, Moon… what sci-fi classic floats your ..uhh. spaceship?

Has to be Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham.

2015 is Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink and among other things, we’re exploring how eating insects might be in the future.  What’s the weirdest thing that you’ve eaten?

Brasso – accidentally and when I was about three!

Impress us with your favourite science fact or joke

Never cease to be impressed by the way Glasgow has led the world in so many medical and scientific developments – antiseptic surgery, development of ultrasound, Glasgow Coma Scale… the list goes on.

Join Carol for Face, Teeth and Jaws on 11 June at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow from 18:00-21:00. Free event. Email library@rcpsg.ac.uk to book.

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