Yesterday I wrote that dentists were often also barbers and vets. I need to add blacksmith to that list. You would have to be pretty desperate to let this bloke near your mouth. I suppose that at least by taking two at a time you are only suffering for half the amount of time. Of course you are suffering twice as much, so it kind of cancels itself out, doesn’t it. This article was from The Queenslander on 28th June 1934 and although the article is damaged I can still get all of the details I need to tell me that I am very pleased current day dentists have substances to aid in the numbing of the mouth! I have noticed that many of the dentistry related articles I have found were published by the Queenslander. I wonder if they had a particular fascination with bad teeth in Queensland or was it that there were not many newsworthy happenings so they filled the paper with these tales of dental terror?
Once I found this one I started searching for more blacksmith dentists, and, I am sorry to say, there are a great deal of them.
Except for this guy, again in The Queenslander (8th Oct 1936), he clearly just liked pulling teeth.
When he was sober of course.
At least he washed his hands first.