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  • Crazy doctor who removed Cobb's tonsils: Is that a true story?

    There's a story included in Cobb's biographies about the time when Ty got his tonsils removed with no anesthetic by a Toledo doctor who supposedly ended up in an insane asylum a year later. I think this episode was supposed to have happened in 1906.

    Did this really happen? Has anyone ever researched this to verify whether it's true?
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    Originally posted by Victory Faust View Post
    There's a story included in Cobb's biographies about the time when Ty got his tonsils removed with no anesthetic by a Toledo doctor who supposedly ended up in an insane asylum a year later. I think this episode was supposed to have happened in 1906.

    Did this really happen? Has anyone ever researched this to verify whether it's true?
    Hoy Toledo, it's true.

    http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive...CF&oref=slogin

    Three surgeries, I think.

    This is a job for William Burgess.

    (Don't know about the insane asylum part. Who was crazier, the doctor or the patient.)

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    • #3
      Isn't there a story too that he played an exhibition game that same day or the very next day?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Urbanshocker13 View Post
        Isn't there a story too that he played an exhibition game that same day or the very next day?
        This story reminds me of when I was in Navy and I got my wisdom teeth taken out by two trainees who didnt use any pain killers when they did the operation. I've never experianced more pain in my life. They actually had to tie me down because of the pain. After they were done I go back to my ship and they put me right back to work. Luckily they only took two wisdom teeth out and when I went back to have the others taken out I had a real dentist and it was pretty painless.
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