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General Hospital: 1922

General Hospital: 1922

1922. "Surgery #19." Things have progressed a bit since the previous photo. (Are there more? Yew betcha.) National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

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Not a hernia procedure. If you look closely, there is a drain tube protruding from the patient's right side of the incision, with a safety pin attached through the free end. This is to keep the tube from slipping back inside the incision by making the end too large to do so. Hernia operations were not the kind to require any kind of a drain.

Likely a bowel procedure or some other abdominal case requiring drainage post op. It doesn't seem to be in the right location for a simple appendectomy incision ~ those are lower right quadrant of the abdomen, not midline.

Perhaps a ruptured appendix, or a bowel resection, might have required this kind of incision, in order to have better access to the abdominal cavity so they could flush out the infection as best they could. That type of infection can form very quickly in such cases. And it certainly would require a drain, as previously mentioned.


"We have successfully removed the funnybone."

Wait for it...

Because you know someone, somewhere is going to Photoshop an alien popping out of that guy's chest cavity!

Time Of Death?


Game over, man!

I'm voting it's a chestburster. But not matter what they're doing, why are there two pastry chefs watching the operation?

If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

No flash again?

Amazing image that is lit by apparently natural light that overwhelms the incandescent lights above. Or alternatively there is "flash light". What is the answer? Surely Dave the guru will tell us.

[Windows. Mr. Sun. - Dave]

Dr Hollywood

The doctor looks like he was sent to a hospital movie set by Central Casting for a 1930's Doctor Kildare film.

Start Guessing!

Hernia? Appendix?

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