AN INTERESTING EXPERIENCE—TO READ.
CERTAIN young "Doctor of Denial Surgery To Be" had just
/^ entered his junior term at the Southern Denial College after a
summer of very successful "bushwhacking," and he thought himself
in expert operator, lie put on his white coat and was telling his
classmates how to practice dentistry, when the demonstrator came up and
the following interesting conversation and experience was chronicled by the
1:15 P. M.
Demonstrator—"Dr. Blank, are you very busy now?"
Dr. Blank—"Yes, sir, but I can perhaps talk to these boys a little later."
Dem.—"I will appreciate it as I want you to work for a patient."
Dr. B.—"Alright, 'Doc,' just show him to nie." (1)
Dein.—"Dr. Blank please do not call nie 'Doc' My christian name is
Bill,—call me that if you will, but do not call me 'Doc' " (-)
Dr. B.—"1 beg your pardon, sir, I meant no harm."
Dem.—"Here is your patient—do whatever is needed."
Dr. B.—"Alright, 'Doc,'—excuse me, 1 mean Bill—a thousand pardons;
what I really meant to say was Dr. Jones." (To patient) "Follow nie."
1:30 P. M.
The patient is seated and tells his troubles thus: "Doctor, this here tooth
needs fixin' and this 'tm and this 'un."
Dr. B.—"Umph-humph, I understand. Let me examine. Open up. (:;) Is
ihe cavity upstairs or downstairs? (4) 1 see you have a big hole in Ibis third
bicuspid. ("') The nerve is exposed, but I'll lake it out with oil of cloves (''■) and
guarantee not lo burl one bit. I also see that you need a Logan Crown here
in front—let me ask the demonstrator if it will be necessary to take the nerve
out to put it on (7) I see you need a gold filling and I believe 1 will put thai in
this afternoon and extract an old snag and do the rest some other day. I'll
be back in a minute."
1:45 P. M.
He soon returns with a piece of dam and a dam punch, and after one
hour, twelve pieces of rubber dam, and an unknown quantity of the spoken
kind had been wasted, he finally adjusted it.
2:45 P. M.
The cavity was in the labial surface of the upper right central, but having
heard Dr. Holland lecture for two years, he was convinced that no gold filling
could be put in without a Perry Separator, so on it went, while the patient
adjusted the dam to him and everything in general.
3:00 P. M.
Zz-zzzz-z-zzz-zee goes the dental engine.
Patient—''Doc,' is my mouth on fire?"