William S. Halsted

By Staff @ Sep 1, 2015

William S. Halsted (September 23, 1852 - September 7, 1922)

William S. Halsted M.D. was most famous for being one of the "Big Four" founding professors at John Hopkins Hospital and also developed the residencytraining  system.  He is famous in dental history for being the first person to extract a tooth using local anesthetic. He discovered the anesthetic after reading about cocaine drops being used to numb the eye for surgeries. He injected cocaine into a patient's jaw demonstrating the value of numbing the jaw for tooth extractions and other jaw surgeries. During his investigations, he used himself as a subject to chart zones of anesthesia unknowingly addicting himself to cocaine. To cure his addiction, doctors tried using morphine to counter the effects. He later became dependent on both drugs for the remainder of his life (about 38 years). At Highland Heights Dental, we do not use cocaine as a local anesthetic. So don't ask!

George F. Grant

By Staff @ Sep 1, 2015

George F. Grant (September 15, 1846 – August 21, 1910)

George, son of former slaves, was born in Oswego, NY in 1846. As a 15 year old, he began mentoring under dentist Dr. Albert Smith. In 1867 at age 21, he was accepted into the Harvard Dental School becoming the 2nd African American by one year to earn a degree in dentistry. Following graduation, he was made Harvard's 1st African American faculty and focused his teachings as a professor of dental prosthetics and operative procedures, a position that he held for 19 years. During his time at Harvard, he became an expert in assisting patients with cleft palate. He invented the device "the oblate palate" which assists patients who suffer from the abnormality in swallowing. In his spare time he grew a passion for golf. He noticed golfers would tee golf balls off a mound of sand which often resulted in erratic drives. He combined a short wooden spike with a flexible rubber peg for the golf ball to sit on. He then shared his invention with his friends, patented his idea, and is credited for the invention of the golf tee. It is a myth that Grant's original desire was to reduce the amount of cursing on the golf course with the invention of the tee. Visit any golf course today, and one will quickly find this to be untrue. But hey it's a gentleman's sport. So as long as the words are said with a sophisticated accent, it seems to be ok.


Steve Arlin

By Staff @ Sep 1, 2015

Steve Arlin (September 25, 1945)

Steve Arlin was a pitcher for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He led OSU to the 1965 College World Series and named the tournament's MVP. The following year he led OSU to win the national championship. He played Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians. In 1972, he pitched a one-hitter and three two-hitter games. His no-hitter game was broken up in the 9th inning by Denny Doyle. Arlin had 2 outs in the inning and 2 strikes before the single by Doyle. (Doyle also was the only hitter in one-hitters by Nolan Ryan and Gary Nolan too.) A Padre still has not pitched a no-hitter. After his playing career, Arlin became a dentist and practiced dentistry for several years. In 2008, he was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Steve Arlin.



Les Horvath

By Staff @ Sep 1, 2015

Les Horvath (October 12, 1921 – November 14, 1995)

Les Horvath was the first player from Ohio State to win the Heisman Trophy. At 5'10'', he played halfback and finished his star season with 1200 all purpose yards. He graduated from dental school and served as a naval dental officer. After serving in the Navy, he played professional football for the Los Angeles Rams and practiced dentistry in the off-season. He later retired from the NFL and practiced dentistry in California. Ohio State retired his jersey in 2001.