By Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP
Myth: George Washington’s teeth were never made of wood
Mystery: Would JFK have lived if he wasn’t wearing a back brace during his assassination? Who took over when Woodrow Wilson suffered a massive stroke?
Medicine: Why did it take Lincoln to die 11 hours after his mortal gun shot wound?
George Washington – I cannot tell a lie….
It is believed that George Washington suffered from diphtheria, tuberculosis, malaria, smallpox, dysentery, possible sterility, tonsillitis, and epiglottitis. He appeared to have many issues with the back of his throat. Syphilis has been debated but then again many people at the time had syphilis (Abraham Lincoln supposedly had syphilis when he was younger).
George Washington had one original tooth left by the time he became president.
His teeth were not made of wood…..instead made of hippopotamus/walrus/elephant ivory or transplanted teeth.
The tooth loss could have been from…