Before the Operation
Genre: Oil on canvas
- Aull, Felice
- Date of entry: Nov-14-2008
In the left foreground is the edge of a table that holds some surgical instruments and a glass jar containing what may be anatomic specimens. An imposing sideburned man stands to the left, above the head of the bed and the woman. Holding a surgical instrument in his right hand, he gesticulates with his left-hand, his mouth partly open: he is lecturing to the people in the room, some of whom are looking directly at him while others talk to each other. Two in the audience are women -- a nun barely visible in the far background, and a nurse standing behind two men who are near the bed. The men are all dressed in street clothes.
Therese M. Southgate. Before the Operation: Dr Pean Explaining the Use of Hemostatic Clamps (Avant l'operation: Le Docteur Pean enseignant a l'hospital Sailt-Louis sa Decouverte du pincement des vaisseaux). Journal of the American Medical Association. [The Cover] Volume 278(9), 3 September 1997, p. 696.