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Preserving the tried and tested – creating something new

Dental heritage

Dentistry is characterized by constant innovation – but it does not seem to look back when looking ahead. In other words, the sad existence that the dental heritage has to endure can not be explained. Dr. Thomas Breyer, President of the State Dentistry Chamber of Saxony, has set itself the task of changing this situation. Which, however, especially your help needs.

At the moment, the only relevant dental history collection in Germany is not very good. The Dental History Museum (DHMZ), founded and managed by ZTM Andreas Haesler, is located in the town of Zschadraß near Leipzig. Unfortunately, the big advantage of this "Location" at the same time their biggest disadvantage. And so the historical legacy of the German dental profession is not presented in a big city, but in a tranquil idyll in the countryside. The extraordinarily modest financial possibilities do not allow more.

The exhibition site in Zschadraß is located on historical medical grounds. Here was once a lung clinic of world renown. However, the diverse premises urgently require renovation, so that the artifacts remain best possible. On the other hand, there is enough space for thematically changing exhibitions.

In addition, the Dental Museum in Zschadraß is something of the last stop for many dental history archives, even for dental companies. Perspectively, the museum also lends itself to the Proskauer / Witt collection of the Federal Dental Association. And here comes Dr. Thomas Breyer, who is committed to the dental heritage of the German dental profession. Now perspective alone creates neither museum spaces nor the processing of the collection pieces, and certainly not their exhibition.

"The Dental History Museum in Zschadraß, established by master dental technician Andreas Haesler, is excellently suited as a dental archive as well as a scientific workplace. In addition, it is very inexpensive and does not require high sums. We currently do not see alternatives to Zschadraß. It would be excellent if the most beautiful collection pieces could be scientifically processed and exhibited in different locations throughout Germany", said Dr. Breyer opposite the zm.

He added: “The long-term goal, however, is the DDM – German Dental History Museum, at a central representative place in Germany. And the chairman of the Friends of the Museum, Andreas Haesler, adds: "With the Proskauer / Witt collection would come another weighty documentation in our house, which would be preserved as a closed collection of the German dental profession."

How to preserve the artifacts in the best possible way?

Haesler reminded in this context of the beginning of the dental historiography in 1831. Why 1831? This year, Georg Carabelli, Edler von Lunkaszprie, published the first essay on the topic "Historical Overview of Dentistry". In this 243-page standard work "Systematic Handbook of Dentistry" he dedicated more than 100 pages to the history of the subject area. The Hungarian-born Austrian was a court and imperial body dentist; According to him, an accessory cusp on the upper molars was named Tuberculum carabelli or Carabellihöcker. "This was the first time, even internationally, that a dentist dedicated himself to dental history", so Haesler.

For a possible move of the collection Proskauer / Witt he sees the DHMZ in Zschadraß well prepared (zm-online: "Accept the inheritance?"). In addition to a museological-scientific work-up in the Bibliotheca Dentaria, there are also rooms for a final construction in a separate exhibition archive. The Dental History Museum has already given home to many large and important collections and documentations far beyond the borders of Europe, according to the master dental technician.

"The common goal of BZÄK, the State Dentists’ Association of Saxony and the Dental History Museum is to preserve our specialist history together and to create a center where extensive scientific research work is possible", explains the Zschadraßer club chairman. Because only through large mergers is also given a comprehensive review of a subject area. Standing alone, the many collections would be too small and thus scientifically limited meaningful. "Alone of the partially dissolved, German Dentists Library ‘[which was housed in the building of the BZÄK in Berlin, editor’s note] are already 45 percent of the total stock with us. That’s about 40,000 positions."

According to book curator Bernd Niehusen, catalogs and magazines are included in these 40,000 items in addition to books. "All in all, the Dental History Museum already has more than 230,000 items and countless papers, as well as all the media from the old glass plate to practice photography from the 1930s on shellac records." In this context, the Working Group History of Dentistry of the German Society of Dental and Oral Medicine e.V. (DGZMK) special thanks.

This is how dental history research becomes possible

Dr. Thomas Breyer, Pres >

For Thomas Breyer, all good reasons to take on the continued existence of this now unique collection – the basis for dental history research. "We call on the German dental profession to accept its heritage. We are optimistic about the willingness to donate among our colleagues. In 2002, in the so-called flood of the century, a million euros were raised in a short time through the donations of the colleagues. And not to forget – one of the pillars of the Dresden Frauenkirche was worth 600,000 euros to dentists in this country (zm-online: "A dentists party in Dresden"). The BZÄK and the DHMZ also turn to the dental industry and its associations, who have already handed over their archives to the museum. I especially like the German dental industry and the dental trade as a partner. But I also appeal to the numerous companies that have given their archives to Zschadraß", said the President of the State Dental Association of Saxony.

Haesler adds: "Due to the extraordinary willingness to donate after our call for help in autumn 2018 (zm-online: "Dental History Museum in Zschadraß remains") and we were able to apply for some support measures through the new support members. This takes its official time. But overall, the situation has since relaxed significantly and we were able to keep the museum open. With your help, we continue to fight to develop this center of dental history as best as possible and to find the right path for the future through a look into the past."

Help us!

Remains the question to the initiator Thomas Breyer, which donation goal is to be achieved. The answer is short and sweet: 200,000 euros! Actually a fast attainable goal, because if only each active dentist donates 3 euro once …

You can transfer directly to the following donation cost:

Dental History Museum
Sparkasse Muldental
Special Account Dental Heritage
DE06 8605 0200 1041 0472 46

If the name and e-mail address is given, a donation receipt will be sent.

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