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Edinburgh Dental Hospital and School

Identifier: LHB25

Scope and Contents

Management 1862-1975; administration 1890-1984; students 1879-1989; publications 1900-1992


  • Creation: 1862-1992

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Normal 30 and 75 year Scottish closure rules apply

Biographical / Historical

In 1856 Dr John Smith gave a course on "physiology and diseases of the teeth" at Surgeon's Hall. The first special treatment of dental disease was carried out at the Royal Public Dispensary. The Edinburgh Dental Dispensary opened in 1860. In 1878 the Dispensary and the Scottish Dental Education Committee co-operated to found the Dental Hospital and School, which was incorporated in 1892. After occupying several sites, it settled permanently in Chambers Street, where a new building opened in 1927. In 1948 the Dental Hospital became part of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals under the South Eastern Regional Hospital Board. In 1974 it came under the South Lothian District of Lothian Health Board. The Dental Hospital became part of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals Unit in 1984. The School separated form the Hospital in 1948 and it finally closed in 1994.


26 shelf metres: bound volumes, papers, photographic material


Partially arranged

Other Finding Aids

Manual itemised descriptive list available for arranged items

Custodial History


Immediate Source of Acquisition

John Southam, Dept of Oral Medicine, University of Edinburgh, July 1993


No further accessions are expected

Related Materials

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (LHB1)

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals Board of Management (LHB2)

South Lothian District, Lothian Health Board (LHB28)

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Repository Details

Part of the Lothian Health Services Archive Repository

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