Maine General Hospital Surgical Amphitheatre, Portland, ca. 1894

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As surgery became safer, the number of operations performed at Maine General Hospital drove the need for a surgical amphitheater. The amphitheatre, a separate building located behind the east pavilion and connected by a ramp, 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.

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  • Title: Maine General Hospital Surgical Amphitheatre, Portland, ca. 1894
  • Creation Date: circa 1895
  • Subject Date: circa 1895
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 17.4 cm x 24 cm
  • Local Code: P04.22.03
  • Collection: Departments/Clinical Surgery
  • Object Type: Image

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