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Hugh Smith’s letter from Islay

Nail the toothache

IN BYGONE days those suffering from toothache on an island which had no resident dentist had good reason to curse ‘the hell of all diseases’, as our national bard described it.

In extreme circumstances a local doctor might be prevailed upon to extract the offending molar.

This was usually done without the benefit of an anaesthetic, resulting sometimes in the cure being almost worse than the disease.

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