One thousand matter-of-fact dentists

Photo by Flickr user radiant guy. Click for sourceFor some reason, I find this study that analysed children’s drawings of dentists hilarious.

You can almost sense the existential despair of someone who spent months of their life analysing kids’ unconscious representations of dentists to discover they just think of them as the guy with the furniture and a patient.

Children’s drawings about dentistry.

Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 1976 Jan;4(1):1-6.

Taylor D, Roth G, Mayberry W.

Drawings about the dentist at work were solicited from 1,101 children in grades 2, 4, 6 and 8 in an urban school district. A system to classify the contents of these drawings was developed. The frequency of various items occurring in the children’s drawings was determined. The “typical” or most frequent child’s drawing of the dentist at work was described. This drawing contained a normal dental chair, dentist, a patient in the chair and dental cabinetry or furniture. The picture was a very matter-of-fact representation. Abnormal or bizarre pictures occurred infrequently. A few children drew pictures that did not relate to dentistry.

Link to PubMed entry for study.

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