Recently Coaster Punchman and Dale have written, entertainingly and frighteningly, about dentists. Mob over at Dear Bastards has written of his ongoing dental torture.
Call me a kooky optimistic do-gooder, but I like to try and make my friends feel better whenever I can. Or at least I graciously, and without a hint of smug know-it-allness, point out that things could be far, far worse.
Which brings me to this week's FREAK OF THE WEEK:
British dentist Alan Hutchinson
Dr. Hutchinson is to dentists as Harvey Keitel was to lieutenants--bad. Bad and unclean:
LONDON - A British dentist was found guilty on Thursday of urinating in his surgery sink and using dental tools meant for patients to clean his fingernails and ears.
A medical tribunal said it was satisfied the evidence showed 51-year-old Alan Hutchinson, who "routinely" did not wear gloves or wash his hands, had risked the health of "himself, staff and patients" for more than 28 years.
A dental nurse who worked for Hutchinson for 16 years said she had caught him urinating in the sink more than once.
"He was tucking something into his trousers before zipping them up hastily. I walked over and I was behind him. He moved to the left and I could smell urine," the nurse told the tribunal.
A later hearing will decide if the dentist's unhygienic habits impaired his ability to treat patients, and if so, whether he should banned from practicing.Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited.