Before the mid-18th century, barber-surgeons were a one-stop shop. You could get a shave, have a tooth pulled and get a boil lanced in one visit. Blood-letting, trepanning, leeching, bone-setting, gall stone removal, enemas, haircuts and embalming the dead were all on the menu. Not until 1745 were the professions of barbers and surgeons considered separate by law.
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