Medicine: False Impressions

A postal worker's widow, and now a charwoman on Chicago's North Side, Agnes Jones had to watch every penny. So she was delighted by a neighbor's suggestion that a dental laboratory down the block could make her a set of false teeth more cheaply than a dentist could. On her first visit to a grubby North Clark Street office, a technician examined Mrs. Jones's mouth and told her: "I have had a dentist for 28 years, and he knows his stuff." The lab man quoted her $125 for the job.

The back-room dentist took out six teeth, but ran into trouble on...

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