David Manson obituary

My father, Dr David Manson, who has died aged 94, was a dentist, teacher, researcher and writer, whose groundbreaking textbook on the prevention of tooth loss became a key reference for practitioners worldwide.

His Periodontics for the General Practitioner, published in 1966, put periodontology (the study of the supporting structures of teeth) at the forefront of oral health. He was the first person to write about personalised dental care by looking at the patient’s lifestyle and general health rather than only treating the disease. Now, 53 years later and in its 10th edition, this book has been translated into many languages.

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