Artatomical: The Demons of Tooth Decay


What cavities feel like. © Corbis

We've already looked at 19th century Persian vision of the dragon of tooth aches, so I simply had to share this woodcut of demons causing tooth decay. The date is unknown, but Corbis Images alleges that the photo itself -- part of the Bettmann Archive -- was taken in 1967.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.