“Pulling a Tooth”, 18th Century Style.

Gripping moment … a tooth being extracted by an evil looking blacksmith/dentist, in an 18th-century oil painting.
The blacksmith-cum-dentist seems to be enjoying himself as he uses a pair of giant pincers to remove a tooth – or teeth – from the mouth of a frightened and distraught patient.
Much Pain awaits this poor devil
Source: This will hurt: a history of dentistry – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

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