The Gilded Age (II): No Tooth for a Tooth

Bob Herbert, who so often and importantly chronicles the divides in today’s society has a column (“The Divide In Caring For Our Kids“, 6/12/07, NYT) contrasting the experience of Desperate Housewives’ Teri Hatcher who used her contacts to arrange emergency tooth abscess treatment for her daughter on a Saturday.  [Hatcher humorously told the story of having to serve as a dental assistant, despite her squeamishness about dentists, and seeing if she could bring a tank of Novocaine home to calm her own nerves.]  Herbert contrasts this with a 12-year old homeless boy in Prince George’s County, MD who died from a tooth abscess that when untreated (because of lack of medical coverage) the bacteria spread and infected his brain.

One response to “The Gilded Age (II): No Tooth for a Tooth

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