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Bedside Manner: 1922

Bedside Manner: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Surgery." From a series of photos depicting pre- and postoperative procedures, as well as surgery itself, at an unnamed hospital. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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