Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pulling Teeth in the Market Square

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pulling Teeth in the Market Square

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Byline: quizmaster With Don Robson

IN years gone by a dentist didn't have to be qualified; anyone could practise if they desired.

One such person was Sequa, who extracted teeth in Stockton market without anaesthetic. Sequa had a cart with steps leading up to a platform with a chair on it. While the patient was being treated his "braves" beat loudly on drums around him. Sequa was very highly thought of and when he died he had one of the biggest funerals ever seen in Middlesbrough.

A midwife who attended women in the poorer part of the town always insisted they take a cup of raspberry leaf tea every day towards the end of pregnancy. She did not believe in bathing her mothers until three days after the birth,saying let nature get on with its work. It is said her patients made an excellent recovery.

A Stockton lady had a remedy for corns, 'Take 12 young ivy leaves, soak them in vinegar for three days, paint the corns with the solution and cover with one ivy leaf tied with a thread. …

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