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Dental Chart AIF


Droocoo

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Hi all,

 

As as a final year medical student, the casualties of war are of great interest to me, especially the nuances of their wounds and treatment.

 

Sapper 318 Thomas Webb of the 1st Australian Mining Corp (you may have seen my post regarding his postcard previously) was gassed on the 13/3/18 whilst fighting in France. He was examined medically on the 8/6/1919 before his discharge.

 

I was wondering what his dental chart below meant and how to interpret one?

Furthermore, I have attempted to establish the effects of mustard gas on oral health using a study taken from the Iran-Iraq war which concluded that it does not:

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4483322/

 

The main aim of this exercise is to determine what effect gas had on Thomas's dentition (if any)

 

Kindest Regards,

 

Andrew

 

 

 

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It looks like his upper teeth have been removed along with 2 molars on the bottom with no sign of decay on the remaining teeth

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Diane,

 

Thank you very much I suspected that's what the marks meant, although it seems as though it was a terrible ordeal for Thomas!

 

I suppose that this is consistent with the fact that he was classed dentally "unfit"

 

Kindest Regards,

 

Andrew

 

 

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