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Extracting a tooth

A painting showing a man having a tooth removed as a dowd watches.

Wellcome Library, London

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  • Intro
    Museum's Description
    • No one likes going to the dentist - but it's a lot better today than it was in the 1600s! Just have a look at this painting from the Wellcome Collection to see how bad it was then.

      Things to think about...
      • Why do you think there are so many people watching his procedure?
      • Can you think of the ways dentistry has changed?
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