I did a post some time ago about a blacksmith who was also a part-time dentist. It has been quite popular which makes me wonder if people are looking for someone to verify their suspicions that their own dentist is in fact more at home in a forge wielding a large hammer than he is gently fixing their teeth.
I have been stirred to do another post in the same vein as I spent an afternoon at the dentist myself last week getting a filling. I have a pretty high pain threshold, but when that drill hits the nerve….owwwwww!…..
I was quite glad that the Wynyard blacksmith-dentist from this 1939 article who made his own forceps was a thing of the past. He didn’t use anaesthetic and I’m willing to bet that he didn’t know much about what we consider basic surgical hygiene either…
I had also taken needle-shy son number 2 for a check-up, an exercise that stretches my negotiation skills. When I read this article I could only imagine a world where boys willingly take themselves to the dentist to have a tooth extracted, if only it had cost me a mere shilling! (Pass on the spitting in the gutter on the way out though.)