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  • #16
    Hi all,

    Its my understanding that up until and during the period we review Surgeons would wear smocks that they used in every surgery they performed, still stained with the gore. Worn like a resume. I know Lister gradually changed the thinking with respect to sterilization, but my bet is that the post mortem smocks were still those same gore stained aprons.

    After all, any germs on that apron wouldnt be an issue for the cadaver.

    Cheers all......special hey to Miss Caps.

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    • #17






      This Asylum Mortuary was closed a few decades ago, they simply locked the door and left it as was. The chap who took me in to photograph the place was convinced it was in its original condition dating back to Victorian times.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by silverstealth View Post
        Reminds me obliquely of that famous photograph of Lee Miller in Hitler's bathtub
        Kind regards, Sam Flynn

        "Suche Nullen" (Nietzsche, Götzendämmerung, 1888)

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        • #19
          Victorian Medical School..

          http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ztguuWm1yN.../card1001c.jpg

          Antique 19th century cabinet card photo Post mortem student disection dated 1890. Medical doctor wannabess learn on human cadaver in school. Marked on reverse, Dad At College 1890

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          • #20
            Pipe smoker observes autopsy -is it Monty??!

            http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ztguuWm1yN...-h/zm62g-1.jpg

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            • #21
              and another photo...note the chalk writing...

              http://weheartit.com/entry/54216

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              • #22
                You might find something of interest on this site:
                http://morbidanatomy.blogspot.com/20...an-photos.html

                This photo, from there, I believe is from the Victorian period.


                http://bp1.blogger.com/_y5Y_xVte8sI/...mortician3.jpg

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                • #23
                  Hi Elizabeth, there's some fascinating photos on that site isnt there?

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Nurse Sarah View Post
                    Hi Elizabeth, there's some fascinating photos on that site isnt there?
                    Definitely Nurse, amazing photos!
                    http://morbidanatomy.blogspot.com/20...f-rite-of.html

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                    • #25
                      I love the ones where they pose with the skeleton, I think most people would be slightly creeped out to do that, just goes to show the 'other side' of the Victorians...

                      Some of those corpses look a bit stale to say the least...pass the nosepegs!

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Nurse Sarah View Post
                        http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ztguuWm1yN.../card1001c.jpg

                        Antique 19th century cabinet card photo Post mortem student disection dated 1890. Medical doctor wannabess learn on human cadaver in school. Marked on reverse, Dad At College 1890
                        That is a most excellent image.

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                        • #27
                          It is isnt it?

                          I love the way they 'posed' them...and they still have their wedding bands on and sleeves rolled down...the moustaches are brilliant!

                          Its so fascinating an image...and shows so much about that era...

                          Not to mention the writing on the back of 'Dad at college' !!!!!

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Nurse Sarah View Post
                            http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ztguuWm1yN.../card1001c.jpg

                            Antique 19th century cabinet card photo Post mortem student disection dated 1890. Medical doctor wannabess learn on human cadaver in school.

                            Marked on reverse, Dad At College 1890
                            - Oh, dear, I hope that's not him on the table!!!


                            Great finds, Sarah, I was looking for that 2nd photo you put up but couldn't find it; well done. Elizabeth's photos are terrific too.
                            'Morbid Anatomy' is one of my favorite websites.

                            Sarah, I attached your 'Dad at College, 1890' photo:
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                            • #29
                              Oh dear, I never thought of that! Hope it isnt the father....dressed like that, he should be ashamed of himself!!!

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                              • #30
                                Some more goodies (!)

                                Feel a bit like this at the mo!
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                                Love the 'er graffiti!!!..'No removing of gloves to roll cigarettes' !!!!!

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                                'Would you like to see my African curiosities?'

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