Four Dentists With Bigger Claims To Fame

Four Dentists With Bigger Claims To Fame

They always say that you should never judge a book by its cover, and here at Perth Dental Rooms we couldn’t agree more. After all, even your local HBF approved dentists have their own hobbies and pastimes outside of any dental dramas. Here are four of our industry’s most versatile dentists, who have tried their hands at something new and left a mark on our world.


William Morrison

Dentists today spend a lot of time warning children of the terrible effects of candy floss, and what it could mean for your dental health. I wonder if William Morrison could have predicted that?
William Morrison was a dentist, born in 1860 in Nashville. Tennessee. In 1897 he worked alongside a local confectioner to develop the cotton candy machine – why the guidance of a dentist was required by the confectioner is not yet clear. The machine melts the sugar, then uses forced air to push it through a wire screen. Dentists everywhere have been cursing the thing since.

Alfred P. Southwick

Alfred was born in 1826, in Buffalo, New York. Alfred was a passionate dentist and steamboat engineer – but he had a fine idea one day that would knock everyone’s socks off.
The electric chair.
After once hearing a charming tale of a local inebriate suffering a swift death after touching a live electric generator, he theorised that this may be an effective alternative to hangings. Alfred wouldn’t have gone in without any research though – he made sure to test his method of execution on stray dogs at the neighbourhood SPCA first. It was 1890 when Southwick first saw his invention, the electric chair, being used as he had envisaged, and he is quoted as saying “There is the culmination of ten years work and study! We live in a higher civilization from this day”.

Doc Holliday

Born in 1851, Doc Holliday is another one of dentistry’s beloved black sheep. After falling ill with tuberculosis, he was forced to leave his practice in Georgia and head south-west, hoping for some relief and a warmer climate. Doc quickly transitioned from ailing dentist to a gambler/gunfighter, with a reputation as a deadly shot. Doc became embroiled a grudge, and this devolved into what is now called the Gunfight at O.K Corral. Dying at age 36 of tuberculosis, Doc Holliday became a part of cowboy folklore and made it onto our list here today.

Jack Miller

Jack Miller, of Indianapolis, loved dentistry. There was something about the adrenalin and the high-speed… Oh no wait, that was his racing.
Jack, dubbed ‘the racing dentist’ by some imaginative friends, entered in the Indy Racing League from 1997 to 2001, and the Indianapolis 500 from 1997 to 1999. His career as a racing car driver was cut short in 2001 in a 13-car crash, but his current occupation, dentistry or otherwise, is unconfirmed.

These guys sound great, but if you want a dentist who’s not crashing cars, electrocuting dogs, partaking in shoot-em-up’s, or creating dental-decay snacks, then call us at Perth Dental Rooms. Our Perth team of dentists are HBF approved and highly qualified, and our reception team can help you find the appointment time that suits you best.