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Patient Collection

In the depths of history, the concept of "patient" has evolved alongside humanity's pursuit for medical care and understanding

Background imagePatient Collection: Golfing cartoon

Golfing cartoon
A sequential cartoon showing a patient caddy accompanyinig a tenacious golfer as he tackles a wide variety of clubs and greens

Background imagePatient Collection: Pinel releasing mental patients from shackles in France, 1796

Pinel releasing mental patients from shackles in France, 1796
Philippe Pinel releasing mental patients at La Salpetriere from their bonds, 1796. Hand-colored 19th-century halftone reproduction of a painting

Background imagePatient Collection: First use of anesthesia in surgery, 1846

First use of anesthesia in surgery, 1846
First public demonstration of surgical anesthesia, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, 1846. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustratioin

Background imagePatient Collection: Brain blood vessels, 3D angiogram C007 / 1981

Brain blood vessels, 3D angiogram C007 / 1981
Brain blood vessels. Coloured 3D lateral angiogram (blood vessel X-ray) of the blood vessels in the brain of a healthy 32-year-old

Background imagePatient Collection: Charcot & Asylum Patient

Charcot & Asylum Patient
UNE LECON CLINIQUE A LA SALPETRIERE J M Charcot demonstrates the symptoms of hysteria with a patient under hypnosis

Background imagePatient Collection: WW1 silhouettes, wounded soldiers and medical care

WW1 silhouettes, wounded soldiers and medical care
Silhouettes of wounded soldiers and medical care during the First World War. From the top: stretcher bearers, a field ambulance, the casualty clearing station, a train taking men off to the base

Background imagePatient Collection: Broken wrist bone, X-ray C017 / 7187

Broken wrist bone, X-ray C017 / 7187
Broken wrist bone. X-ray of the hand of a 12 year old male with a fractured trapezium bone. The trapezium is the leftmost bone in the group of bones at the base of the bad

Background imagePatient Collection: Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale
In Scutari, Florence Nightingale attends to a patient

Background imagePatient Collection: Victorian scrap - dentist pulling a tooth

Victorian scrap - dentist pulling a tooth. late 19th century

Background imagePatient Collection: Whipps Cross Hospital, Essex

Whipps Cross Hospital, Essex
Part of Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone, Essex. Several patients can be see in beds on the open balconies. The hospital was opened in 1903 by the West Ham Union for the sick poor in the area

Background imagePatient Collection: Pneumothorax treatment, X-ray

Pneumothorax treatment, X-ray
Pneumothorax treatment (image 2 of 2). X-ray of the chest of a patient, showing treatment with a drain of a partial collapse of one lung (at right) in pneumothorax

Background imagePatient Collection: Cause & Effect - dentist cartoon by H. M. Bateman

Cause & Effect - dentist cartoon by H. M. Bateman
Cause and Effect - or, how two moods can change places. A dental patient enters a surgery clearly terrified at what lies ahead of him, but such is his struggle

Background imagePatient Collection: YELLOW FEVER, CUBA, c1900. Conquerors of Yellow Fever. Cuban physician Dr

YELLOW FEVER, CUBA, c1900. Conquerors of Yellow Fever. Cuban physician Dr. Carlos Finlay (left, in civilian clothes), U.S. Army surgeon Dr. Walter Reed (center), and others observe as Dr

Background imagePatient Collection: Trepanation, 14th century artwork

Trepanation, 14th century artwork
Trepanation. 14th century artwork of a doctor using a hammer and scalpel to perform a surgical operation known as trepanation

Background imagePatient Collection: The Pharmacy, 1912 artwork

The Pharmacy, 1912 artwork
The Pharmacy (1912). Oil painting by the Swiss artist Marius Borgeaud (1861-1924) titled La Pharmacie (The Pharmacy). The signature and date (1912) are at lower left

Background imagePatient Collection: Whipps Cross Hospital, Essex

Whipps Cross Hospital, Essex
Entrance to Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone, Essex. Several patients can be see in beds on the open balconies. The hospital was opened in 1903 by the West Ham Union for the sick poor in the area

Background imagePatient Collection: Nurses Watch Surgery

Nurses Watch Surgery
Nurses watch a surgical demonstration from a balcony

Background imagePatient Collection: Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec. French physician. Laennec, with his stethoscope

Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec. French physician. Laennec, with his stethoscope, at the Necker Hospital, Paris
RENE LAENNEC (1781-1826). Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec. French physician. Laennec, with his stethoscope, at the Necker Hospital, Paris, France

Background imagePatient Collection: CAMEL CIGARETTE AD, 1946. More Doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette

CAMEL CIGARETTE AD, 1946. More Doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette! Advertisement for Camel cigarettes from an American magazine, 1946

Background imagePatient Collection: Newborn babies at a maternity hospital

Newborn babies at a maternity hospital. Nurse wheeling a trolley of newborn babies around a maternity hospital. The babies are weighed and checked

Background imagePatient Collection: Knee joint prosthesis, X-ray

Knee joint prosthesis, X-ray
Knee joint replacement. Coloured X-ray of the knee of a 56 year old man (front view) showing an artificial (prosthetic) joint replacing the knee joint

Background imagePatient Collection: Calots spinal surgery, 19th century

Calots spinal surgery, 19th century
Calots spinal surgery, 19th-century artwork. This operation is being carried out by the French surgeon Jean-Francois Calot (1861-1944) on a condition known as Potts disease

Background imagePatient Collection: MAB First Ambulance Interior

MAB First Ambulance Interior
Interior of one of the first ambulances to be operated by Londons Metropolitan Asylums Board in the 1880s for transporting fever and smallpox patients to and from the Boards hospitals

Background imagePatient Collection: Female Medical Students

Female Medical Students
Under the watchful eye of the House Physician, a group of female medical students, trainee doctors, examine a patient at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, London

Background imagePatient Collection: Roentgen X-Rays Patient

Roentgen X-Rays Patient
William Konrad Roentgen examines a patient. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 1901 for his discovery in 1895 of what was to be called the x-ray

Background imagePatient Collection: Horace Wells / Anaesthetic

Horace Wells / Anaesthetic
Horace Wells attempts his first anaesthetised operation in front of a public gallery, but does not administer enough gas & the patient cries out; the crowd jeers him

Background imagePatient Collection: Valentine Greatrakes

Valentine Greatrakes
Irish healer who, after a dream in 1662, discovered that he could heal many ailments simply by passing his hands and stroking the patient

Background imagePatient Collection: Castration 17th Century

Castration 17th Century
A fearful patient is restrained on a low couch and castrated

Background imagePatient Collection: Barber-surgeons, satirical artwork

Barber-surgeons, satirical artwork
Barber-surgeons. Satirical artwork depicting barber-surgeons and their patients as monkeys. At bottom, the barber role is being performed, while at top the surgical and medical roles are shown

Background imagePatient Collection: Queen Victoria... visiting Soldiers wounded in the Indian Frontier campaigns... 1898, (1901)

Queen Victoria... visiting Soldiers wounded in the Indian Frontier campaigns... 1898, (1901)
Queen Victoria at Netley Hospital visiting Soldiers wounded in the Indian Frontier campaigns, December 3, 1898, (1901). Victoria (1819-1901) with injured men of the British Army

Background imagePatient Collection: The Physician Curing Fantasy. Anonymous engraved French broadsheet of the 17th century

The Physician Curing Fantasy. Anonymous engraved French broadsheet of the 17th century
BROADSHEET, 17th CENTURY. The Physician Curing Fantasy. Anonymous engraved French broadsheet of the 17th century, an amusing travesty on the idea that wisdom can be imbibed

Background imagePatient Collection: Migraine pain

Migraine pain
Migraine. Conceptual artwork of lightning flashes marking the epicentre of pain in a mans forehead. A migraine is a recurrent headache which can be accompanied by nausea

Background imagePatient Collection: Medical prescription, satirical artwork

Medical prescription, satirical artwork
Medical prescription. Satirical artwork titled Of Prescribing Foolishly, showing a patient in bed with a doctor in a fools hat (right) holding aloft a proposed treatment

Background imagePatient Collection: Double fracture to the leg, X-ray

Double fracture to the leg, X-ray
Coloured X-ray (back view) of the leg of a patient, showing a double fracture to the lower leg in which the proximal fibula bone (upper right) and distal tibia bone (lower centre) are affected

Background imagePatient Collection: Medical Fund Hospital staff and patients, c1890

Medical Fund Hospital staff and patients, c1890
The Medical Fund Hospital was established in 1871. It opened due to a increase in the size of Swindon Works and the number of accidents occuring

Background imagePatient Collection: Doctor operating on a patient in the operating room

Doctor operating on a patient in the operating room in Brooklyn Navy Yard Hospital, New York City, USA Date: 1901

Background imagePatient Collection: Bloodletting

Bloodletting
Circa 1624, A doctor applies leeches to the back of a female patient as a means of letting blood. Original Publication: From a Dutch print. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Background imagePatient Collection: LAWYERS BORED

LAWYERS BORED
A sketch in the Law Courts, showing the patient and respectful attention of the Counsel for the Plaintiff during the speech of Counsel for Defendant Date: circa 1893

Background imagePatient Collection: Queen Victoria conferring the Victoria Cross on heroes of Dargai... May 14, 1898, (1901)

Queen Victoria conferring the Victoria Cross on heroes of Dargai... May 14, 1898, (1901)
Queen Victoria conferring the Victoria Cross on heroes of Dargai at Netley Hospital, May 14, 1898, (1901). Victoria (1819-1901)

Background imagePatient Collection: Guys Hospital, Southwark, London, c1800. Artist: John Pass

Guys Hospital, Southwark, London, c1800. Artist: John Pass
Guys Hospital, Southwark, London, c1800. View of the north front of the hospital showing a man being stretchered through the front gates

Background imagePatient Collection: Special care unit for premature babies, Nether Edge Hospital, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, 1969

Special care unit for premature babies, Nether Edge Hospital, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, 1969. Babies being cared for in incubators. Commisioned by the National Coal Board

Background imagePatient Collection: Medical eye checks, Rotherham General Infirmary, 1967. Artist: Michael Walters

Medical eye checks, Rotherham General Infirmary, 1967. Artist: Michael Walters
Medical eye checks, Rotherham General Infirmary, South Yorkshire, 1967. In a photograph taken for the Central Office of Information

Background imagePatient Collection: Hospital carriage, Bura, Kenya, East Africa, WW1

Hospital carriage, Bura, Kenya, East Africa, WW1
Hospital carriage on the Uganda railway for patient transport, at Bura, Kenya, East Africa. 1916

Background imagePatient Collection: Woman patient, St Marys Hospital, Paddington, London

Woman patient, St Marys Hospital, Paddington, London
LFB Special Services trying to help a woman patient at St Marys Hospital, Paddington, London, on 15 April 1959. She has climbed out of a ward window at fifth floor level

Background imagePatient Collection: World War I first-aid station, artwork

World War I first-aid station, artwork
World War I first-aid station. Artwork showing stretcher-bearers and wounded soldiers arriving at a first-aid station during the First World War (1914-1918)

Background imagePatient Collection: Phantom pain after amputation, artwork

Phantom pain after amputation, artwork
Phantom pain after amputation. Artwork of a man experiencing phantom pain (red flash) from his amputated hand (left). This is caused by stimuli to the motor and pre-motor cortical areas of his brain

Background imagePatient Collection: The Blackville Medical Man. Yes, dis is a clear case of Difflomania. Wood engraving, American, c1880

The Blackville Medical Man. Yes, dis is a clear case of Difflomania. Wood engraving, American, c1880
SOUTH: ROOT DOCTOR. The Blackville Medical Man. " Yes, dis is a clear case of Difflomania. " Wood engraving, American, c1880

Background imagePatient Collection: LONDON: GUYs HOSPITAL. Entrance to Guys Hospital in London. Engraving by James Elmes

LONDON: GUYs HOSPITAL. Entrance to Guys Hospital in London. Engraving by James Elmes and William Woolnoth, c1799



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In the depths of history, the concept of "patient" has evolved alongside humanity's pursuit for medical care and understanding. From the haunting silhouettes of World War I soldiers, their bodies bearing witness to the horrors of battle, to the delicate intricacies revealed by a 3D angiogram in 1981, our journey through healing is as diverse as it is profound. It was in 1846 that a groundbreaking milestone forever changed surgery - the first use of anesthesia. This revolutionary discovery brought relief to countless individuals who previously endured unimaginable pain during procedures. In those early days, patients were often confined within asylum walls under Charcot's watchful eye, seeking solace from their troubled minds. The X-ray C017 / 7187 reveals a broken wrist bone frozen in time - a testament to both human fragility and resilience. Across continents and centuries, hospitals like Whipps Cross Hospital in Essex became beacons of hope for those seeking comfort amidst illness or injury. Even dentistry had its place in this narrative; Victorian scrap captures an unsettling scene where a dentist pulls a tooth with determination etched on his face. Yet progress prevailed as Florence Nightingale emerged as an emblematic figure advocating for proper healthcare practices. Pneumothorax treatment found its place among medical advancements too - captured vividly through an X-ray image that showcases not only cause but also effect. Meanwhile, H. M Bateman's cartoon humorously depicts the trials faced by dentists throughout history. In Cuba around 1900, Dr. Carlos Finlay and Dr. Walter Reed stood at the forefront of conquering Yellow Fever after years plagued by its devastating effects on communities. Their collaboration paved the way for inoculations against this deadly disease. Looking back further still into ancient times brings us face-to-face with trepanation depicted in mesmerizing artwork from the fourteenth century - revealing mankind's earliest attempts at cranial surgery.