Bad Teeth

A Closer Look

Henry Whipple wrote about how he learned to do dentistry in 1862:

"During this journey several Indians came to me and said, putting their hands to their cheeks, “wi-bid-akosi’ (my tooth is sick), and asked if I could extract it. I was obliged to say ‘No.’ But on my next visit to Chicago I called on my old friend… a celebrated dentist, and asked him to teach me to pull teeth…

On my next visit ….at White Fish lake…a chief came to me and with his hand on his cheek , said, ‘Wibidakoski.’… I boldly answered, ‘I will help you.’ … I followed to the letter of the good doctor’s directions and I did pull…I used salt as heroically as I did forceps, and… I heard the old chief telling his people that ‘Kichimekadewiconaye was a great Medicine-man.’”

From: Lights and Shadows of a Long Epsicopate

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Alexander Faribault

Beaver
Buffalo
Children
Farming
Faribault's French House
Fur Trade
Making the Town Grow
Request
Site of the Bluffs
Trading Post
Translated

Mary Whipple

Bed Bugs
Divinity Students
Emma and Eva Havens
Emma Willard School
Eva's Death
Hastings to Faribault
Hawaiian Fever
Learning
Letters
Letter of August 25, 1862
Longed to Travel
Mary's Wedding
Muhlenberg
Pets
Sandwich Islands
Soap to Sausages
Some Clothing
Sound of Bells

Taopi

Baptism
Big Woods
Fort Snelling
Ginseng
Injuries
Map
Saving Others
When it Started

Henry Whipple

Back Home
Bad Teeth
Bashaw
Correspondence
East to School
Enmegahbowh
Frozen
Gull Lake
Loved to Fish
Six Children
Time of Crisis
Treatment of Indians
Underwear
Youngest Child


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