Searched: surgery, history of surgery, surgery before anesthesia, support person for surgery
Was it common for a person undergoing surgery in the 1700s-1800s to have someone with them for support? My character is having a bullet taken out of his hip and I'm hoping to have his friend in the room with him. This isn't taking place on a battlefield, BTW. He was shot months ago, but the bullet was never properly removed and now it's causing him so much pain that he's willing to let them operate.