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September 13, 2017

Berlitz Guide to Dentalese — Roz Chast



This cartoon appeared on page 53 of the September 9, 2013 issue of the New Yorker.

"This will pinch a little" — how often have I heard that from my world-class endodontist, Dr. Robert E. Grover?

So many times I have lost count.

Spot on.

Too wonderful for words is this cartoon.

In an ideal world every dentist would be required to have it up — poster-size — on the wall facing the patient's chair.

September 13, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


That is SO great.
(How did they ever come up with "pinch"? I suggest stab, slice, gouge, cut, lance, tear, ream...)

My favorite part is the terrifying dental instruments in the margins. 😨
Makes me think of "Galaxy Quest" when the aliens probed the humans.


Posted by: Flautist | Sep 14, 2017 11:26:56 AM

Interesting story for a former anesthesiologist. During dentistry, my tongue seems to get a mind of its own. Dentists are annoyed and I'm embarrassed, but I can't keep the thing out of their way. Shots never solved the problem. In my late 40's I tried gas for the first time. That worked.

Posted by: Dave Tufte | Sep 13, 2017 12:14:55 PM

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