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    Guys,

    A request.

    Does anyone hold any info or photographs with regards the attire worn by those conducting post mortems in the victorian period?

    Any help would be gratefully recieved.

    Cheers

    Monty
    Monty

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    Author of Capturing Jack the Ripper.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1445621622

  • #2
    I believe that Robert Mann usually wore a top-hat and cape, and carried a Gladstone bag, while assisting at post-mortem examinations.

    Afterward, he would retire to the Marlborough Club, on Pall Mall, and rub elbows with some of London's other 'surgical experts'. After all, the Guardians of the Whitechapel Poor Law Union had given him carte blanche to come and go, as he pleased.
    Last edited by Septic Blue; 10-14-2009, 12:05 AM.

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    • #3
      Oddly enough, I have in my mind the image of a man in a full-length brown leather apron. No kidding!
      Kind regards, Sam Flynn

      "Suche Nullen" (Nietzsche, Götzendämmerung, 1888)

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      • #4
        Guys,

        Thanks...I think.

        I was wondering more the actual Doctor than assistants.

        And Colin, let it go, some things aint worth it.

        Monty
        Monty

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        Author of Capturing Jack the Ripper.

        http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1445621622

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        • #5
          It is horrible to realise but most surgeons wore their normal street clothes with their sleeves rolled up.

          Infection? What Infection?

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          • #6
            Cheers Bob,

            I thought as much. However there must have been a stage where they moved oved to 'scrubs' for the want of a better word.

            Monty
            Monty

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            Author of Capturing Jack the Ripper.

            http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1445621622

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            • #7
              Hi Mont
              Probably after Lister (shown here) and his handy carbolic spray!
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              Suz x
              'Would you like to see my African curiosities?'

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              • #8
                Many thanks Suzi, that helps.

                Monty
                Monty

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                Author of Capturing Jack the Ripper.

                http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1445621622

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                • #9
                  Quite like this little number too..
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                  Suz
                  'Would you like to see my African curiosities?'

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                  • #10
                    Here's Bagster Phillips and assistant at Annie Chapman's autopsy, as depicted in the Michael Caine "Ripper" mini-series:

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                    I seem to recall that, in the film Zulu, Surgeon Reynolds wore a similar brown apron to those seen above, in the scene where a wounded Stanley Baker staggers into the Rorke's Drift infirmary ("Damn you, Chard! Damn all you butchers!").
                    Kind regards, Sam Flynn

                    "Suche Nullen" (Nietzsche, Götzendämmerung, 1888)

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                    • #11
                      Here is a photograph from the time, confirming the things all of you have said...

                      Cheers,
                      cappuccina

                      "Don't make me get my flying monkeys!"

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                      • #12
                        Great photo, Cappucina!

                        I had always thought it dreadful that surgeons & other health workers wore their germ-infested street clothes around the sick, but I just realized that these people also rubbed elbows with the healthy populace while dressed in the same clothes they wore while autopsying the dead..

                        How would you like to sit next to one of these fellows on the omnibus at the end of a long day?

                        God only knows what they got splashed with at work.

                        Best regards, Archaic

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Suzi View Post
                          Hi Mont
                          Probably after Lister (shown here) and his handy carbolic spray!
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                          Suz x
                          Suze,

                          own up, now. That picture is a shot from your local amateur operatic company's production of 'Ruddigore'. I'm right, aren't I?

                          Best,

                          Graham
                          We are suffering from a plethora of surmise, conjecture and hypothesis. - Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure Of Silver Blaze

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Suzi View Post
                            Quite like this little number too..
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                            Suz
                            Suze,

                            and this one is a detail from Gottfried von Schweinerschagger's painting "Dr Lister Demonstrates Necrophilia".

                            I just know I'm right!

                            Graham
                            We are suffering from a plethora of surmise, conjecture and hypothesis. - Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure Of Silver Blaze

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                            • #15
                              You can see that there were significant improvements in operating room/theatre conditions by 1925 (...this pic is from London Hospital, I think...)

                              Cheers,
                              cappuccina

                              "Don't make me get my flying monkeys!"

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