Woman Dentist, 1909

Woman Dentist, 1909

The pioneer woman dentist, Dr. Rankin, gets ready to perform an extraction.  The patient looks relaxed, but there's no sign of anesthesia.  If he's lucky, she's given him a shot of novocaine, which had recently been invented.  If not, she might have injected him with cocaine, which had been in use as a local anesthetic since the 1880s.


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