Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Travelling healers pulls a tooth

A “travelling healer” has pulled a tooth in front of a large crowd assembled to witness the event. He has advertised his profession by having a garland of teeth hang on the wall behind the scene; and is displaying the tooth as a symbol of his skill, hoping that more customers will follow.

A travelling healer demonstrating the extraction of a tooth from the mouth of a woman patient, before a crowd of onlookers. Etching attributed to Cornelis de Wael. Credit: Wellcome CollectionCC BY

Highlighted Vignette Volume 13, Issue 4 – Fall 2021

Winter 2020



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