Operation under ultraviolet light with an x-ray screen in use

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  • J. Deryl Hart and surgical team in protective clothing operating under ultraviolet lights. In 1936, Dr. J. Deryl Hart originated the use of ultraviolet radiation to control airborne infections in surgical operating rooms, a technique that became widely accepted across the country. This procedure dramatically reduced the number of infections and related deaths and won national acclaim in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
Date created
  • tch00031
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  • Photograph & Negative Collection
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