Lincoln had a bad experience with a dentist before Dr. French arrived. In an 1841 letter, he wrote about having a painful tooth extracted: "I had it torn out, bringing with it a bit of the jawbone; the consequence of which is that my mouth is now so sore that I can neither talk, nor eat." An 1843 store account shows that Lincoln bought a toothbrush. Perhaps this reflects Mary's refining influence. As president, he took precautions when visiting the dentist, for he reportedly took along a small bottle of chloroform to help deaden the pain of having a tooth pulled. When the doctor approached with forceps, Lincoln surprised him by administering the analgesic to himself before proceeding. The practice of analgesia in dentistry was not common at the time.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 6:07am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 273225 N 4408977|
|Decimal Degrees||39.80055000, -89.64883333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 48.033', W 89° 38.93'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 48' 1.98" N, 89° 38' 55.80" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1-99 E Adams St, Springfield IL 62701, US|
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