William Harrison, the wax-carving dentist

William P. Harrison was a professor of dentistry at the University of Southern California between 1929 and 1963. He had an unusual way of teaching dentistry skills. He made his students create tiny wax carvings. He figured that if the students had the manual dexterity to make a good miniature carving, they also would have the skill to be a good dentist. Over the years, he amassed a collection of hundreds of wax carvings made by his students. I have no idea what became of them all. It's the kind of thing I'd like to see in a museum, if they were on display. Some text and images below, and more info here:

1955 image of one of Harrison's students making a carving.

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 08, 2012
     Category: Art

First test score and final grade were the same. A self-fulfilling prophecy?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/08/12 at 12:35 PM
He looks like Al Franken.

What if I don't want my teeth to look like a miniature box camera? What if I want them to look like teeth?
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 06/08/12 at 01:31 PM
I think I could like a whole set of little cameras in my mouth or maybe Eiffel Towers. Scare the hell out of the TSA goons when I fly.

He may look like Franken, but he had a real job and helped others.
Posted by KDP on 06/08/12 at 02:32 PM
I like the idea of the Eiffel towers. You could tell them you're "Jaws", from the 007 movies, and ask if they want a demo.
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 06/08/12 at 02:39 PM
I'm waxing poetic 😝

I got your "Electric Sheep" book(s) today and have started reading. Patty will get her copy next week when I mail it.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 06/08/12 at 05:45 PM
Can't wait! If you wanted Eiffel tower teeth they would need to be made of something stronger than wax.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/08/12 at 10:51 PM
Wow! It is actually a good idea but I bet the students didn't appreciate it at first.
Posted by Marielaina Perrone DDS on 06/22/12 at 09:39 PM
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