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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Just Relax: 1922

Just Relax: 1922

Washington, D.C. "Surgery, 1922." From a series depicting pre- and postoperative procedures, as well as surgery itself, at an unnamed hospital. View full size.

 

I had surgery last week.

This picture looks like it came from an entirely different world.

Not to worry sir..

I have years of experience in surgically removing ferrets from the upper lips of balding middle aged men. When you wake up it will all be over.

Something familiar here.

"Paging Doctor Howard, Dr. Fine and Dr Howard to the pre-postoperative ward."

 
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