Thursday, February 22, 2007

Strange disappearance of the surgical amphitheater

Who would steal an old photograph off a wall? No clues here.
Who could replace said old photograph with another, just the same? Why, we would!

An historic photograph of the old surgical amphitheater in Multnomah County Hospital (later called OHSU Hospital North) has wandered off from an office here on campus, and it just so happens that it's the same image that was used in the recently-installed Story Wall. Luckily, a sharp-eyed member of the staff in the aforementioned office recognized it there, and by a circuitous route, got in touch with us here in Historical Collections & Archives. While we can't help locate the missing item, we can easily provide the original image for enlargement and printing.

In the photo, surgical staff fill the tiered seats surrounding the surgical theater proper, some using their binoculars for close-in viewing of the procedure. We actually have several similar photos, some with seats full of nursing students, some with medical students, one showing surgeon Dr. Dean Seabrook lecturing to a crowd.

Medicine as spectator sport. Hopefully, the replacement photograph will not become another victim of the contact sport of theft!

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