Surgeon Often portrayed as blood thirsty sadists, surgeons of the early 19th century were in reality caring and skilled professionals; although it's not difficult to see where this representation comes from. The image of the surgeon standing in a blood soaked apron with a capital saw in his hand must have been terrifying to the wounded soldier waiting for treatment. Despite working in appalling conditions for hours or days on end, and without the use of anaesthetics or antibiotics, these brave men saved countless lives.












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