Tooth and Veil: The life and times of the New Zealand dental nurse
- Author: O'Hare, Noel
- ISBN: 9780995122963
- Availability: In Stock
$NZ 49.99 Ex Tax: $NZ 49.99
The story of the young women charged with waging war on our nation's poor teeth In 1921, when the School Dental Service was established, New Zealand embarked on a unique social experiment: improving the terrible state of the nation's teeth. Set up by veterans of the First World War, the service focused on 'battling Bertie Germ' was run like a military operation and the all-female dental nurses were treated like foot-soldiers: underpaid, overworked and poorly resourced. Eventually they rebelled. In this lively history, Noel O'Hare details the nurses' experiences on the front line of dental health, and explores what that reveals about our society's attitudes to women, work and children's health.