Trible (tamtrible) wrote in little_details,

1940s-era surgical suction and anesthesia

This is kind of a followup to this question: , and my search included the terms "suction historical surgical" and reasonable variants.

Ok, in all the medical dramas and so forth, the surgeon is often asking for "suction", which I assume is a thing you actually need in real surgery, too, since it's hard to see things if there's blood in the way.
But, what would have been *used* for that, at least in the early 40s or so, in rough/field type conditions? (American or Brit equipment) Knowing what would be used in modern times in rough/field conditions would give me something to work from, too. I just need to know what might be in her medical bag to perform that function. (any other advice anyone has for "minimum kit needed to perform minor surgeries in rough conditions" would also be much appreciated)

Also, am I correct in presuming that, if she's performing surgery of some sort without the usual staff of nurses and the like, a local anesthetic would probably be much safer than a general? She's the sole medical person for a small more or less special-ops team...
Tags: 1940-1949, ~medicine (misc), ~medicine: historical

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