The Tooth Puller

Fee, Elizabeth; Brown, Theodore M.; Lazarus, Jan; Theerman, Paul
January 2002
American Journal of Public Health;Jan2002, Vol. 92 Issue 1, p35
Academic Journal
The article discusses the tooth extraction practices used from the Middle Ages through the early 19th century. During the Middle Ages until the early 19th century, tooth pulling was considered a performance art. Some tooth pullers establish their shops in marketplaces and at fairs. The tooth puller and his assistants attracted crowds by telling stories, singing, and dancing. However, the main attraction of the performance is the tooth extraction itself. An image of a tooth puller from the late 18th century France is presented.


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