Dept. of Surgery staff wearing clothing to protect them during operations under ultraviolet lights

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  • Dept. of Surgery staff in an operating room dressed in protective gowns, gloves, goggles, and hoods. 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
  • tch00027
Resource type
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  • Photograph & Negative Collection
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