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Bob Caplin, who wrote this work, graduated from the London Hospital Medical College School of Dentistry in 1971 and undertook a House Surgeon post mainly in orthodontics. Subsequently, he entered general dental practice in Southgate, North London, England where he stayed as an assistant and then practice owner for 36 years relocating the practice early on in this period to designer premises within the district.

During this time he undertook other activities. He gained an MSc in Immunology from the University of London. After a time of working as a dental officer for the London Borough of Haringey and as a clinical assistant in the Department of Prosthetics at the London Hospital Dental Institute, he took up a post as a part time lecturer in the Department of Oral Surgery at the London Hospital Dental Institute where he was involved in teaching undergraduates at all levels.

He was appointed as Regional Advisor in Dental Practice for the Thames  Northwest Region, overseeing three vocational training schemes at Barnet, Charing Cross and Bedford, and was involved in establishing the last two of these. He was also The Course Organiser for the Barnet Scheme. In the early days of peer review, he was chairperson of the Thames Northeast Local Assessment Panel where he gained much insight into practice-based projects and clinical audits.

Bob became a part time Clinical Teacher in Conservative Dentistry at the Dental Institute of Guy’s, King’s College and St. Thomas’ Hospitals in 1997 and is now a senior teaching fellow there. He gained the Certificate in Teaching and then the Diploma in Teacher Education for Medicine and Dentistry at King’s College London and was awarded The Excellence in Teaching Award of King’s College as a result of the students’ nominations.

He has written articles for the British Dental Journal, others of its publications and independent publishers, as well as reviewing several books.

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