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A Successful Lady Dentist

The great intellectual advancement made by women during the past decade, and the prominent places taken by them in all the learned professions and in the arts, forcibly illustrates their disenthrallments from the many depressing environments placed around them by illiberal minds in former years. That, notwithstanding the obstacles raised by prejudice, women have won for themselves honorable places in the sphere of the world’s action, is one of the greatest approaches the century has known to that perfected civilization which philosophers say will make happy those who follow us. One of the greatest triumphs of women has been in the mysteries of medicine, surgery and dentistry, a fact which has proved a boon to suffering millions of their sex. Female physicians and surgeons may now be found in almost every large city of the United States, but the female dentist is yet almost alone among her brother practitioners, for she has appeared only within a very few years past. That the female dentist possesses not only all the technical knowledge and the consequent ability of those of the sterner sex against whom she contests, but that she is also possessed of many native qualities which give her great advantage over other dentists, is well illustrated in the career of Mrs. Cool.

Mrs. Cool is one of those women for whom America is famous—who, happy in the possession of excellent intellectual attainments, pursues her chosen path with the ability, energy and determination which command success. For twelve years past has she been engaged in the study and practice of dentistry. Her first initiation into its mysteries was in the office of Dr. R. H. Cool, where, for three years, she acted as assistant at the operating chair. She subsequently had charge of the office herself for a few months, and, when the California State Dental Board granted her a certificate to practice dentistry, she opened an office for herself, locating at 318 Kearny Street. She soon overcame the slight prejudice and doubt of a woman’s ability which she first encountered, and so large a business did she acquire by her excellent work and her winning ways that, when the new Chronicle building at the corner of Market and Kearny streets was opened, she engaged in it her present handsome office, for the accommodation of her patients. While having a large clientage among ladies and gentlemen, Mrs. Cool is particularly happy in her treatment of children, her gentle ways reassuring the little ones, while her quick and skillful work gives them no occasion for pain.. As she is constantly endeavoring to improve the existing condition of affairs in dentistry, she has made many improvements, which have brought her fame. She manufactures a dentifrice of a superior quality, and is unexcelled in her ability to cleanse, polish and beautify the teeth. Mrs. Cool has also had wonderful success in building up with gold, decayed teeth, and in restoring deformed or broken teeth. In the saving of children’s teeth she is probably unsurpassed in the city. One of the most attractive innovations in dentistry made by Mrs. Cool is the setting of diamonds in the teeth. This she has done with great success, and now wears two diamonds in her own mouth, which are not only evidences of her skill in her profession, but also dazzling reminders of this new fad, which promises to become fully as popular in fashionable circles here as it is now in the East. The diamonds, being of the purest quality and carefully set in gold or porcelain crowns, give a lovely effect, greatly increasing the attractiveness of the happy wearer. She has adorned the rows of pearls of two well-known society belles with dazzling stones, and so great has been her success with this latest innovation in the science of dentistry that, judging from the many demands made upon her, our society girls will soon have untold fortunes behind their beauteous lips. Mrs. Cool is well deserving of the great success, which has attended her professional career.

San Francisco News Letter and California Advertiser
June 20, 1891