Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Nabokov’s orthodontia

In Berlin, orthodontia for Vladimir and Sergey:

Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory (1966).

The wonders of today: here is Dr. Lowell or Lowen — real name, William Law — at one’s fingertips:

[The Dental Register 60, no. 6 (1906).]

There are other traces of William G. Law in Google Books. Maxillofacial Orthopedics: A Clinical Approach for the Growing Child (2004) notes that Dr. Law was a founding member and first president of the European Orthodontic Society (1907–1909). In the January 1909 issue of The Dental Cosmos, Dr. Law reported that in October 1908 he had been elected secretary-treasurer of the European Orthodontia Society.

If a descendant happens to be hunting, I hope he or she finds this post. To spell it out: William G. Law , dentist , orthodonist , In den Zelten 18a , Berlin . It would be easy to find evidence of this ancestor online by searching for his name. Not nearly as easy, though, to learn that Vladimir and Sergey Nabokov were his patients.

Wikipedia tells us that In den Zelten (“in the tents”) became an official street name in 1832 and disappeared in 2002.

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