An Avuncular Stereotype Advertises Dr. George Hill's Laughing Gas

  • Matthew L. Edwards
    School of Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77555-0144, USA
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  • George S. Bause
    Corresponding author at: 5247 Wilson Mills Rd, No. 282, Cleveland, OH 44143-3016, USA. Tel.: +1 440 725 0785; fax: +1 888 734 6342.
    Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA

    Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, 2124 Cornell Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA

    Honorary Curator, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology, 1061 American Lane, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4973, USA
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Published:October 09, 2015DOI:
      George E. Hill (c1847-1923) was an American dentist who, after graduating from Albany Dental School shortly after the Civil War, practiced in New York and Pennsylvania. He eventually advertised his successful franchise as “the largest Dental Establishment in the world” with 21 offices.
      Dr. G. E. Hill is claimed by death.
      This advertisement card prominently features Dr. Hill's Scranton, Pennsylvania, dental office (Figure). The reverse of the card, which lists two other practices in Binghamton, New York and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, suggests that the card circulated during the early course of Hill's dental career. As dentists commonly administered anesthesia to their patients during dental procedures in the 1890s, Hill's dental procedure and anesthesia fee schedule is also shown, which included “teeth extracted for … 25 [cents]” and “[Laughing] Gas administered for … 50 [cents].”
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      FigureA dental trade card for the Scranton, Pennsylvania office of Dr. George E. Hill. This advertisement depicts a stereotypically avuncular gentleman reading a newspaper, The American Citizen. This image is part of the Wood Library-Museum's Ben Z. Swanson Collection.
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