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In Surgery: 1922

In Surgery: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Surgery #16." National Photo Co. View full size.


American Gothic-like

That doc looks a lot like Dr. Byron McKeeby (a dentist) that Grant Wood used a few years later for his "American Gothic" painting.


Wow, those gloves are thick, a wonder they could feel anything. But that does look like a loop of bowel, maybe even a gall bladder. All identifiable instruments too.

No, Dr. Quackenbush - - -

keep your eye on the patient!!!!!


What do you mean this isn't Mr. Smyth?!


Have they left, can we take off the masks?

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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