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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

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.

 

I'm waiting for the Stooges

Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard!

Am I Dead Yet?

No! If we can keep you alive till 1965 we can do a bypass for you.

I know this guy

His name is Mr. Valdemar. "I was asleep, now I'm dead. Boooo!" I miss Vincent Price in that scene.

Camp Bed

Not a good bed for anyone with back problems but maybe our patient is beyond that. Could be Emergency Hospital, Doctors Hospital, or Garfield Hospital where I was born. These are all gone, merged into Washington Hospital Center.

He's dead

Jim!

Steamrollered

That would explain why he's so flat between head and feet. Judging from my historical authority, Bugs Bunny, it happened all the time.

Nurse!

that guy’s dead!

Who

Stole all the artwork? This would be very depressing. Where's Lew Ayres when you really need him?

What's with that door title?

Talk about a depressing door to be parked next to--even if I had a fighting chance, I think the door (or the blank room) would do me in!

At Death's Door!

Poor man. Why would she be checking his pulse?

Literally and Figuratively

No Visitors

They can't get the door open! Talk about a depressing hospital room, I've seen more cheerful jail cells than this dreary empty room. By the way, is that a fake mustache? Is he stifling a giggle or has he already passed? So many questions, so little time. Get well soon big guy.

Sorry Mister, looks like my watch stopped.

Mister. MISTER! HEY MISTER! Doctor! Where the doctor!?!

 
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