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Part 5 : In October, Tribuna Sanford’s 2-month birthday passed without celebration. The little foundling had been ill for a few weeks. The doctor blamed a change in diet. It seemed certain that the girl would recover soon.
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Alas, a change in diet was not to blame. On Nov. 5, the Tribune reported this heart-breaking development:
Surgery circa 1915: A patient at St. Barnabas Hospital in Minneapolis is surrounded by doctors and nurses, most of whom appear to be observers, none of whom were wearing masks.
"The watchful crowd in the balcony," according to the caption accompanying the photo, "is most likely composed of hospital benefactors and community dignitaries. It was not uncommon for hospitals to perform exposition surgeries when the surgeon was famed for successfully completing a new or difficult procedure or when the surgical case was unusual. A portion of this photograph around the patient has been purposely obscured by the photographer, but judging by the small size of the leg being held by one of the attending physicians it is likely this operation is being performed on a child."
(Image courtesy of Metropolitan Medical Center Historical Library)
More to come ... Part 6: A happy Christmas.