Medicine: Tooth Brushes, Hats

At the Institute of Hygiene, London, Sir James Cantlie* attacked tooth brushes and hats, advocated warming pans. Said he:

Of tooth brushes. "You simply drive the poison deeper into the gums with the tooth brush. I cannot find any mention of dentists in the Bible, and if there were no dentists there were no bad teeth. Moses did not use a tooth brush. The country where teeth are worst and the dentists most numerous is America, which can produce good dentists, but cannot show sound teeth."

Of hats. "Adam in the garden of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!