Licensed to drill! I had been a James Bond aficionado since first viewing Dr. No whilst at Uni. It was electrifying, as Bond punched, shot, killed, wrestled, seduced, maimed, blew up… well, it was all action, and I loved it. 007 – licensed to kill. The name was Bond. James Bond.
And then, one day whilst ordering some cartridges of anaesthetic, with which to give shots, I realised that the last three digits on my credit card were 006. That was it. Lawrence. Barrie Lawrence. 006 – licensed to drill.
And so I’ve written again about dentistry, about various quirky historical facts concerning the profession, and some unusual stories of my own. Goldentooth tells of the patient who had a tooth crowned, then extracted, all for financial investment. He was disappointed. And of the doctor’s wife who wanted the hint of a glint. And of the time I was smashing extracted teeth on my patio to get the gold out, when a lady whose tooth was ‘under the hammer’ walked down my lawn to ask me…. No, I’ll let you read it yourself. And On Her Majesty’s National Health Service, To Russia with Love, For Your Teeth Only, The Man with the Golden Tooth, The Dentist Who Loved Me… many chapters packed with action, fascinating fact, and Barrie-type humour.
LICENSED TO DRILL should be published within the next week or two, and will be found in a bookshop near you.