This image may not be used to state or imply the endorsement by the BDA of any product or service, nor in any use associated with any political opinion, activity or in any advocacy that conflicts with the BDA's scientific policies. Dentistry caricature. 18th-century artwork with the Italian title 'Il Cavadenti' (The Toothpuller). At left, a dentist, bracing himself against a crouching assistant, is using steel pliers to pull a patient's tooth. Before the development of anaesthetics, tooth extraction was extremely painful. The woman being comforted at right has fainted at the sight and sounds of the scene. This artwork is a watercolour, artist unknown.
March 6th, 2014
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