A lost tooth turning up in a child’s ear, and other peculiar reports in dental journals chew up this week’s Improbable Research podcast.
This week, Marc Abrahams teams up with Harvard chemist Daniel Rosenberg, who gives dramatic readings and opinions, drawing on his own dental experience, his knowledge of chemistry and physics, and — most of all —these published dental reports:
- “The Tooth Fairy and Malpractice,” Sian Ludman, Hamid Daya, Polly S. Richards, and Adam Fox, BMJ, 2012, p. 345.
- “The Odor Emitted From Dental Floss Used on Flossed and Non-Flossed Teeth for a One Week Time Period,” F.J. Ceravolo and A. Baumhammers, Periodontal Abstracts, vol. 21, no. 4, Winter 1973, pp. 155–8.
- “Toothpick Perforation of a Colon Diverticulum: An Adjunct Autopsy Finding,” Glenn W. Wilcher, Medicine, Science and the Law, vol. 50, no. 3, July 2010, pp. 156–8.
- “An Adventurous Habit of Bottle-Cap Opening Resulting in an Endodontic-Periodontal Lesion: A Case Report,” Deepa Ponnaiyan, K. Mahalinga Bhat, and G. Subraya Bhat, Quintessence International, vol. 40, no. 6, June 2009, pp. 449–51.
- “Elevation of One Eye During Tooth Brushing,” Irene Gottlob, Sunila Jain, and Elizabeth C. Engle, American Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 134, no. 3, September 2002, pp. 459–60.
- “Extraction of a Grossly Decayed Tooth Without Local Anesthesia but with Audio Analgesia: A Case Report,” Manish Bhagania and Anirudha Agnihotry, Music and Medicine, vol. 3 no. 4, October 2011, pp. NP1–3. .
The mysterious John Schedler or the shadowy Bruce Petschek perhaps did the sound engineering this week.
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