Metal syringe in a wooden box. A label in the box reads in part “The Wilcox-Jewett OBTUNDER” and “DESENSITIZES TEETH BY ‘PRESSURE ANASTHESIA’ FOR THE PAINLESS EXCAVATION OF CAVITIES, GRINDING TEETH FOR CROWNING AND THE IMMEDIATE EXTIRPATION OF THE PULP” and “Sole Agents / LEE S. SMITH & SON / PITTSBURGH, PA. U.S.A.” This obtunder (the word means “that which blunts”) was designed to inject cocaine into the gums of dental patients.
Ref: Amos A. Wilcox and Marcellus Jewett, “Dental Instrument,” U.S. Patent 780,146 (Jan. 17, 1905).
Amos A. Wilcox and Marcellus Jewett, “Dental Instrument,” U.S. Patent 780,147 (Jan. 17, 1905).
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