Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

An interior. An American woman performs surgery on a patient with a large tumor on their chest. Four onlookers in Chinese dress and two in Western suits watch the procedure. On the left side, two men look at a cabinet containing various bottles, jars, and skulls. Above the scene there is a block of Chinese text.

Title:  Elizabeth Reifsnyder Performing Surgery

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Date: c. 1885

Source: Center for the History of Medicine, at Countway Library

Copyright/Permissions: Boston Medical Library collection, Center for the History of Medicine in the Francis A. Countway Library

Location(s): Shanghai, China

Art Hx