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The Dentist…a Professional more disliked than Attorneys?

Posted by innovativeip on August 28, 2010

Today’s Patent of the Day is U.S. Patent no. 283,828, issued August 28, 1883 for a “Dental Mallet”.

Today's Patent of the Day

Yikes.  Just the word “mallet” sounds bad, and it doesn’t get any better when you read the patent text, with phrases like “the force of the blow regulated at will without stopping in the work at hand” and “giving a blow proportioned in force to the distance through which the hammer passes.”  Did he say “hammer”? 

And who do we know that was around in that time, and might have had to suffer through a hammered-in filling?  U.S. President Garfield, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, Buffalo Bill, and Jesse James are a few who may have toughed it out.

I recommend heading over to and downloading this patent.  Then, the next time you or your kids have to go get a filling, give this patent a read and attitudes should improve dramatically.  Enjoy!


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