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“Derb–I thoroughly enjoyed your piece on dentistry; although I’m not old

enough to have endured anything like the sorts of practices you describe, I

have had more than my share of work done, culminating in three crowns

installed and two wisdom teeth drawn in the last six months. Lately I’ve

been tempted to

follow my grandfather’s example: In the 30’s, he was a pitcher for a

semi-pro baseball team in Cleveland, OH. As is common for pitchers, he

developed some chronic soreness in his elbow. The team trainer convinced

him that friction in the elbow traveled up to the head, was reflected off

the teeth and back down the arm, compounding the pain. He advised my

grandfather that if he was really serious about pitching, he should have

*all* his teeth drawn, which he did, at the ripe old age of 17.”

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