The barbers pole that we see outside a barbers shop is actually an ancient sign used by barbers in the medieval times. It depicts a tooth with blood running down it. In the US a blue stripe was added to make it look like the colours of the flag but elsewhere in the world it is just red and white.
In the early part of the 19th Century Australia had a fabulous boxer named Les Darcy. He was a middle weight but fought as a heavyweight. Although only 5’6″ his record was 56 fights, he won 52, 32 of them by a knockout and he lost 4. He died at the tender age of 21 from an infection following dental work.
Before the age of antibiotics death from infection was commonplace. A dental abscess or a broken leg was the end of the road for many.
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