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In Stitches: 1922

Circa 1922. "Surgery #20." The operation at this unnamed hospital seems to have been a success. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

Circa 1922. "Surgery #20." The operation at this unnamed hospital seems to have been a success. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.


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Ad Nauseam

Actually the use of nauseous is perfectly correct, Dave. Look it up yourself:

[There's a reason one meaning is listed first and the other is, um, Number 2. - Dave]

In the words of that great lexicographer William Safire:

I always say "I am nauseated" before clapping a handkerchief over my mouth and racing to talk to Ralph on the big white phone, but I don't know anybody else who says that. They all say, Gawd, I feel nauseous, or offer a telegraphic Nauseous, gonna go whoops, and they actually take offense when I correct them with "No, you are nauseated"; in one instance, my lap then became the target of a power boot. Since that time, I have accepted nauseous as a synonym for nauseated, and when I need a word to denote "causing nausea," I rely on disgusting. I realize this caving-in to common usage is permissive and descriptive -- nauseous to prescriptivists -- but it has saved me from the fallout of upchucking friends.

Still Used Today

That type of surgical bandage is still sometimes used today. It's applied as a pressure bandage and also aids in dressing change. It's probably a good bet this man had either a hernia repair or an appendectomy. I'm curious as to the cross on the anesthesiologist's gown; does it signify his position or the hospital where he practices?

[From Band-Aid boxes to nurse's caps, the cross was a common medical insignia. - Dave]

Pull yourself together

That's kind of nifty how they tied the strips of tape together with the bandage so they can check the wound later without ripping off the tape!

Your Table Is Ready

Waiter? I don’t think the guy in the back is a waiter. I think he’s there to block the door should the patient make a run for it. I bet his name is Igor.

What's Up Doc?

If you've ever seen the 1999 remake of House on Haunted Hill, the doc in this picture looks a lot like the one from that movie. Creepy.


If the operation was so successful why does the guy have a cross on his collar!? And why, for the love of God, is there a waiter in the background?


Aren't surgeons supposed to have delicate hands? That one looks like he snuck in from the local butcher shop.

[He's the anesthesiologist. - Dave]

Oh well, . . .

He didn't need his ovaries anyway. Wait, . . . I mean, . . . DOH!


I don't know why, but this picture makes me nauseous.

["Nauseated." - Dave]

We must make haste

Run, the villagers are storming the castle!

I wonder

What the survival rate was back then for operations. The infection rate. I also wonder how they were stitched up. I've been stitched and I've been stapled and I prefer the staples.


Whatever they removed fell right into the Chuck Wagon below.


I don't know why, but this picture freaks me out!! For some reason they all look sinister!! It's like a scene out of a sci-fi movie!!!

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