December 2, 2019
by Brian Chapnick DDS
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Dan Green DDM
I became aware of this novel as a result of a response to my recent article “Mayday, Mayday” (Oral Health, September 2019). Author, Dr. Dan Green, contacted me, complementing the content and telling me of his desire following retirement from dental practice in 2003 to write a book that incorporated some of his experiences during his years of practice—an insider’s view.
The book, Teeth, Lies and Consequences is the result (published in 2016). It is the author’s second book, following successfully completing a program in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. A story of a father and his adopted son (both dentists), the book explores their experience of the horrors of The Holocaust and a journey traversing Europe, Israel, Palestine and the United States. The book incorporates many themes: tolerance, equality and reconciliation as well as dental related themes exploring the challenges of practice, the art and science of dentistry, ethical issues, and daily feelings of anxiety and concern we all experience as we care for our patients.
It is not too often that a novel is written with dentists as the main characters. This is a serious and suspenseful look at the world’s past and current affairs. It vividly shows what people will do to survive and protect their loved ones in a backdrop of racism, revenge and war.
It is a novel written for everyone, but it is most especially understood by those who practice our profession.