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Re(2): They Shall Not Grow Old

I had to watch it in two sittings. One thing which really struck me was the terrible state of the men's teeth. Most of them were quite young of course but it said a lot about British dental care. Interestingly it wasn't till 1921 that a Royal Army Dental Corps was formed. Typical British..shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. There were only about a dozen dentists sent out to France in 1914. By 1918 there were 200-odd. You might think it strange, me focusing on this aspect , but poor dental health is a gateway to all manner of other nasty stuff..like heart problems and more. I guess coming from an army medical family I might be interested in that, but knowing something of my dad and my grandad's work, I guess I'm more aware that it's probably best not to go into a war with rickety, rotten toothed troops.


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