As New York City’s “French Dentist,” Dr. Jehl ran his accommodating dental office until 9 pm every day of the week, including Sundays. Language posed no barriers as he was conversational in French, German, Spanish, and English. The obverse of his trade cards were floral (left); the reverse, practical. Promising “Fresh Laughing Gas always on hand,” (right) Dr. Jehl administered nitrous oxide and extracted teeth for free; “no charge,” as long as patients were purchasing “artificial teeth” from him. (Copyright © the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology.)

As New York City’s “French Dentist,” Dr. Jehl ran his accommodating dental office until 9 pm every day of the week, including Sundays. Language posed no barriers as he was conversational in French, German, Spanish, and English. The obverse of his trade cards were floral (left); the reverse, practical. Promising “Fresh Laughing Gas always on hand,” (right) Dr. Jehl administered nitrous oxide and extracted teeth for free; “no charge,” as long as patients were purchasing “artificial teeth” from him. (Copyright © the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology.)

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George S. Bause, M.D., M.P.H., Honorary Curator and Laureate of the History of Anesthesia, Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology, Schaumburg, Illinois, and Clinical Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. UJYC@aol.com.