Doctor - Surgeon - Practice makes perfect 1900 - Side by Side
Photograph - Colorized Photo
Colorized photo from 1900, April 10 Original title: Rush Medical College lecture auditorium Photographer: Unknown Location: 608 S Winchester Ave, Chicago, IL
This is an Operating Theater in Rush Medical College, located in Cook County Hospital. The college was founded in 1843. Inside the theater, people would gather in a tiered room, either sitting or standing. The doctor would then preform and operation, procedure or they could cut up a cadaver.
The only light they really had was the sunlight from above. You can see in the original that the lamp was off. So if it was cloudy out, you better hope they had good low light vision. Even with the lamp on, I don't think there was that much light.
You can see everyone dressed in their finest clothes, some of them are in sweaters, its early April, I think its chilly as there are many jackets. Doctors wore an apron to keep their clothes clean. They worked bare handed.
Is that boy awake? Sleeping? I can't tell, the nurse seems to have an expression that she knows what's coming, so who knows what they are operating on today. The bed is rather flat making me think he has no lower body. But it may be a trick of the light. I think its interesting that there are women in the audience, and not young either. I don't think they are in training, but I suppose they could be.
I think they still used theaters like these, but they are walled in and its much cleaner.
I like the guy with the hat on the left, and the other one peeking in. The head teacher is standing at the foot of the bed.
August 28th, 2022
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