Story: Hospitals

Preparing for an operation (1st of 2)

Preparing for an operation

From the 1860s hospitals were made safer by the use of antiseptics such as carbolic acid, and efforts to exclude bacteria and viruses. Here, hospital staff and a patient are shown in an operating theatre in the late 19th century.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, James McAllister Collection (PAColl-3054)
Reference: 1/1-012752; G
Photograph by James McAllister

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Linda Bryder, 'Hospitals - The transformation of hospitals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2023)

Story by Linda Bryder, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 13 Jun 2018, updated 1 Jul 2022