A tooth or two or four

A letter from W.W. Roffey to Edward Davis, the Honorary Dental Surgeon appointed to the Metropolitan Ear, Nose, & Throat Hospital:

23 Moidea Rd. Buckingham, Kent
16th March 1908

Sir, I would like to invite your remarks in regard to the following.

On 25th..shortly before 2/30pm my wife attended the Ear & Throat Hospital, Grafton St., for the purpose of having two  teeth extracted by gas for which a fee of 2/6 was paid. The stumps in question were extracted but to her surprise & also my own two other teeth, one of which had been stopped & the other perfectly sound, were taken out as well.

This was not realised until after she had left the Hospital by which time it was too late for her return.

In addition to this fact I would also comment on an circumstance, although I cannot consider you responsible, i.e. she was allowed to leave the premises in such a condition that several handkerchiefs were absolutely soaked with blood by the time she reached home. As a matter of fact it was after 9pm (6hours after the extraction) before this could be stopped & then only with the aid of a Dr. She fainted through loss of blood after reaching home & caught a chill in consequence. Owing to this & the shock at finding 4 teeth had been extracted instead of 2 I have had her under a doctor’s care until a few days ago & even now she is very weak.

I think the facts of this case do not reflect very creditably upon those who are concerned & I should like to hear under what circumstances the additional teeth were removed.

Yours truly,
W.W. Roffey

A London dentist extracting a tooth from a woman's mouth; her female companion and the dentist's black servant-boy (slave) are present.  By Robert Dighton, c.1784
A London dentist extracting a tooth from a woman’s mouth; her female companion and the dentist’s black servant-boy (slave) are present. By Robert Dighton, c.1784
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One thought on “A tooth or two or four

  1. That’s horrible. It’s not bad enough that you lose additional teeth, but the dentist was so bad that he can’t even stop your bleeding and you pass out. Eeek.

    PS. Man on man did they write differently back then. Very proper. I kind of wish it was still like that. Good morrow 😉

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