National Geographic : 1938 Nov
(cLieutenant U.1.B.Balfour, R.N. "HEALTH-BLESSED ROBINSON CRUSOES" ASSEMBLE FOR DENTAL INSPECTION-SOCIAL CLIMAX OF THE SUMMER SEASON Generations of intermarriage have not enfeebled the people of Tristan, according to medical officers from H.M .S . Carlisle, who made athorough inspection inFebruary, 1937. Despite soft foods and neglect of toothbrushes, 131 out of 156 islanders in an earlier examination had teeth entirely free ofdecay. Many were classed as "dental marvels." General good health and sturdiness were attributed to an active outdoor life. While awaiting their turn to"open wide," women and children intheir bright, old-fashioned dresses and scarves sat quiet and happy, fascinated by the strange proceedings (pages 685 and 692).