Surgery Circa 1930


A subscription to Wired Magazine is about the best ten bucks I spend every year.

A recent post on their blog shows some wild videos from 1930s British archives demonstrating brain surgery, removal of a large ovarian tumor, sterile technique, and how to deliver a baby by Caesarean section. Probably not something to watch if you have a weak stomach.

The baby coming out of the C-section is looking a little floppy to me, by the way. Also strange to think that the baby being delivered – if alive – is almost 80 years old now.


  1. Of course the baby was floppy. The c-section was done under general. The baby was as asleep as her mother!

    It was interesting to watch, though. I’ve never seen a classical c-section.

  2. Was that surgery on the brain tumor or were they fixing a car? Or is the first thing they tell you nowadays in neurosurgery “it’s just like fixing a car”? No gloves even and he just reaches in and touches the brain with his bare hands. Laugh out loud funny.

  3. I get Wired too – and except for the billions of pages of ads, like it a lot too. Interesting how they describe the man s/p craniotomy as having “slight left hemiparesis” – looked like a lot more than “slight” to me!

  4. It mentioned in the second segment of the three-part c-section video that the surgeons decided not to “sterilise” the patient but instead she was instructed to “come again, early, for induction of labour.” Induction?! With a high uterine scar? Yikes! (Clearly this predated the dictum of “Once a cesarean, always a cesarean.”)

    Also, kind of interesting to see the uterus closed in a single layer fashion.

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