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article imageFake dentist's 29-year career?

By RobotGod     Aug 15, 2007 in Crime
Malaysian police have arrested a man who practiced as a dentist for 29 years before being found out. He had no medical training and treated patients at his home in a cast-off examining chair.
Yahoo reports that his closest brush with the dental profession were during the years 1962 to 1978, when he was an assistant to an Army dentist. And not in any medical way. He carried the man's bag on visits to plantation workers' homes.
"I watched the doctor diagnose and treat problems with teeth," the paper quoted the unidentified man as saying when officials raided his home this week.
"I also saw how he would extract teeth and make models and measurements for dentures."
Not quite a conventional medical school, certainly.
After being told that he was too old to work as an assistant, the 63 year old told his neighbors that he was in fact a retired dentist himself. Soon he was charging 20 ringgits ($5.76) for extractions and 130 ringgits for dentures.
Officials seized all of his tools of the trade, including antibiotics, painkillers, and bottles of Chinese medicine. It took six men to haul away his 1940s-era examining chair, which had been tossed away by the Malaysian army in 1978.
They caught on to him thanks to a tip. Probably one of his neighbors.
Of course he was arrested and charged. He could face a fine of up to 30,000 ringgit or a six-year jail sentence. Maybe both.
So, the next time you find yourself at your buddy the dentist's home and you spot an antique chair, be very weary. Then again, at his age, being an assistant for so long, who's to say he did not know what he was doing?
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