Dentistry a Hundred Years Ago - "The Forgotten Man"

by N Daniel Richards British Dental Journal (Vol. 132, 1972)

Charles James Fox
CJF began dental practice in London.

1855 - Shortly thereafter he founded and financially supported the London Dental dispensary at Clarence Gardens, Regents Park. It provided dental care for the poor from 9-10am Monday to Saturday. It also provided practical training for dental students.

1855-1857 - a movement began to create a professional society for dentists, a College of Dentistry.
As well, the Odontological Society was made up of leading dental practitioners in London, independent of the College of Dentistry.
CJF became its librarian and curator of their museum, but still remained a member of the College of Dentistry.

1859 - The royal college of Surgeons was given a charter by Parliament to form the London Dental society. Members were not registered MDS (Member of Dental Surgeons).

1870 - CJF campaigned for compulsory education and registration for dentists in the MDS.

1863 -1878 CJF held various positions in the governance of the Odontological Society.

1860 - CJF took exams to qualify as LDS ( London Dental Surgeon)

1864 - CJF became MRCS ( Member of the Royal College of Surgeons)
" " a Dental Officer at the Dental Hospital London (the London Hospital)
" " a Dental surgeon at the Great Northern Hospital
" " had a dental practice on Mortimer Street, Cavendish Place, London
" " contributed articles to dental journals

1866 - 1872 - CJF started and was owner and editor of The British Journal of Dental Science. His son Charles James Fox (1855-1930), who was also a dentist, continued the Journal for a few years after his father retired.
The Journal advocated for all dentists to be educated and registered.
Dental reform was a long and fractious battle, in which CJF played an important part.

1878 - A Parliamentary Act was passed to establish the British Dental Association
CJF was acknowledged by his peers for his many contributions to this accomplishment
CJF was in failing health. It is reported that he suffered from asthma.
CJF gave up his dental practice and hospital appointments.

1880 - CJF retired to Toronto Ontario Canada with his dental assistant Agatha Mary Fulker. His brother Henry Edward Fox and his family
moved from England to Toronto at this time.

1890 - Following the death of his first wife, Elizabeth Anna Carkeet Fox of 22 Beaconsfield House, Little Ilford, East Ham, Essex, he
married his second wife, Agatha Fulker. They had one child who died in infancy. Agatha died in Gravenhurst in 1895 of an
overdose of chloroform.

1896 - CJF died in Gravenhurst Ontario Canada of an overdose of chloroform. He and Agatha are buried in St Paul's Roman Catholic
Cemetery, Gravenhurst. His brother Henry Edward Fox of Toronto Ontario Canada, was appointed as his acting executor.
CJF left an estate valued at $604.11

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