Barber-Surgeons by Rebecca Hiscocks, artwork based on the anatomical etchings of William Cheselden (1788-1752) – member of the London Company of Barber-Surgeons.
Jayne McCubbin @Mrsmachack tweeted:
Would u take health advice from barber Jay? Report says we can’t rely only on #NHS 4 pub health. @BBCBreakfast pic.twitter.com/fv44laqRDD
— Jayne McCubbin (@Mrsmachack) July 20, 2015
Jayne McCubbin got a bit of stick for that tweet, but the truth is, hairdressers have been looking after their clients’ health for hundreds of years. This Is Not New – The red and white striped barber’s pole, blood and bandages, is symbolic of the association with the barber-surgeons of medieval Britain.
BTW, have a gander at: Public health workforce in local community.
And what operations would the barber-surgeon perform? Obviously, hair cutting and shaving! Removing head lice, extracting teeth, blood-letting and any number of lancing procedures like boils, abscesses and cysts – to name but a few. Barber-surgeons were called upon partly because of their dexterity with the razor and partly because they were cheaper than real surgeons.
Today, hairdressers can act as unpaid, untrained psychotherapists!! We often spend our days being unloaded on, listening intently to our clients’ trials and tribulations – and of course we still spot head lice. But there’s more: dandruff (when severe seborrhoeic dermatitis), cradle cap (a form of dandruff that affects infants), ringworm (fungal infection, not a worm), folliculitis (bacterial infection of the hair follicles), psoriasis (a non-contagious skin condition), lichen planus (non-infectious skin disease) and many more of the indeterminate fleshy lump variety!
However, I’d love to point out to all Jayne McCubbin’s naysayers, A Haircut Could Save Your Life – many hairdressers can already identify melanoma; but I think all hairdressers in the future should be trained to spot the signs of skin cancer – I see more and more.
I do like the idea of Barber Barber jokes though:
Barber Barber every time I sneeze it goes CASHEW!
Obviously your nutty!
Barber Barber I feel like a pair of curtains.
Pull yourself together man!
Barber Barber can I have second opinion?
Of course, come back tomorrow!
Barber Barber everyone I meet thinks I’m a fucking liar.
No I’m sorry, I can’t believe that!
Barber Barber everyone keeps ignoring me.
Barber Barber I feel like a pack of cards.
The juniors will deal with you later!
Barber Barber I keep feeling like I’m a packet of Ritz.
Yes, I think you’re a little crackers!
Barber Barber I keep thinking I’m a vampire.
Barber Barber I keep thinking I’m invisible.
Who the fuck said that?
Barber Barber I need something to keep my hair in.
Here’s a shoe box!
Barber Barber I think I need glasses.
You certainly do; this is the doctors!
Barber Barber I keep thinking I’m a dog.
How long have you felt like this?
Ever since I was a puppy!
Barber Barber I think I’m shrinking!
Settle down son; you’ll just have to be a little patient.
Barber Barber I’m a kleptomaniac.
Take these pills, and if they don’t work, nick me a laptop!
Barber Barber I’ve got a problem with my waterworks.
Have you seen a plumber?
Barber Barber I’ve lost my memory.
When did this happen?
When did what happen?
Barber Barber it hurts when I do this.
Don’t do that!
Barber Barber my baby’s swallowed a bullet.
Don’t point it at anyone until I get there!
Barber Barber there’s a strawberry growing out of the top of my head.
I’ve got some cream for that!
Barber Barber you have to help me out.
My pleasure, which way did you come in?
Barber Barber I keep seeing into the future.
When did all this start?
Barber Barber I’m addicted to brake fluid.
Nonsense, you can stop any time!
Barber Barber I’ve just swallowed a roll of film.
Come back in the morning and we’ll see what has developed!
Barber Barber I think I’m a bell.
Take two of these and if it’s not better tomorrow, give me a ring!
Actually, what I’d like to see is more people being empathetic and caring; it doesn’t take five minutes to say, “Hello, how are you?” …Then one must listen – we’re all in this together ;-) x