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Edward Hartley Angle

Born 1855-06-01
Died 1930-08-11

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American dentist, born June 1, 1855, Herrick, Bradfour County, Pennsylvania; died August 11, 1930, Pasadena.

Biography of Edward Hartley Angle

Edward Hartley Angle studied at the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery, becoming doctor of medicine in 1897. 1887 to 1892 he worked as professor of orthodontics at the University of Minnesota, 1892 to 1898 at the Northwestern University, 1886-1899 at the Marion Sims College of Medicine, and 1897 to 1899 at the Medical Department of the Washington University.

In 1917 he founded the Angle School of Orthodontics, which he himself had established as a speciality. With Angle the specialty of orthodontics received a new impetus. He organized and classified various abnormalities of the teeth and jaws, invented apparatuses for their treatment and devised several orthodontic operations. Through a series of books and pamphlets he standardized appliances, inventing the systems now widely used, with modifications.

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