Contributed by Maine Medical Center Archives
The amphitheatre, a separate building located behind the east wing of MGH, was completed in 1885. Surgeons pictured are Dr. George H. Cummings and Dr. Herbert Henry Brock. The operating theater could seat 200 and was located on the second floor. Skylights 35 feet above the operating floor helped supply the lighting. The space beneath the sides of the amphitheatre was used for an orthopedic clinic and isolation.
Note the gauze strainers on water faucets, conditions of the floors, few instruments, wooden handled knives, lack of gloves, gowns donned after removal of suit coats, and bottles for antiseptic solutions.
Maine General Hospital is a predecessor of Maine Medical Center located in Portland, ME
About This Item
- Title: Maine General Hospital Surgical Amphitheatre
- Creation Date: circa 1895
- Subject Date: circa 1895
- Town: Portland
- County: Cumberland
- State: ME
- Media: Photographic print
- Dimensions: 17.4 cm x 24 cm
- Local Code: P04.22.03
- Collection: Departments/Clinical Surgery
- Object Type: Image
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
- Operating rooms--Maine--Portland--19th century
- Maine General Hospital (Portland, Me.)--Photographs
- Doctors--Maine--Portland--19th century
- Maine Medical Center (Portland, Me.)
- Surgeons--Maine--Portland--19th century
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Medical Center Archives
22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME 04102
Use of this Item is not restricted by copyright and/or related rights, but the holding organization is contractually obligated to limit use. For more information, please contact the contributing organization. However, watermarked Maine Memory Network images may be used for educational purposes.
Please post your comment below to share with others. If you'd like to privately share a comment or correction with MMN staff, please use this form.