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Article: Volume 43 Number 9 Page 806 - November 2016

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Dental Anatomy:  Winnie-the-Pooh and the Royal College of Surgeons

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Abstract: Connections between AA Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh and the hallowed portals of the Royal College of Surgeons in Lincolns Inn Fields seem highly unlikely and yet they are connected. Alan Alexander Milne (1882−1956)1 is best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh. He was educated at Westminster and Cambridge, where he read Mathematics. After graduation he joined the staff of Punch and there he met and worked with the cartoonist EH Shepard, who was subsequently to illustrate his poems and the Winnie-the-Pooh books.

Author notes: Edwina Kidd, Emerita Professor of Cariology, King’s College, London, Barry KB Berkovitz, Emeritus Reader in Dental Anatomy, King’s College London: Honorary Curator, The Odontological Collection, Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons, London: Visiting Professor, Oman Dental College and Carina Phillips, Curator, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London, UK.

Objective: To remind readers of the wonders of the Hunterian Museum and the importance of this collection. The story between one of the skulls in the museum and Winnie-the-Pooh is recorded for your pleasure, to make you smile and reach again to the bookshelf for a favourite from your youth.