Sepia-toned photo of 9 people performing an operation

Bradlee Ward, ca. 1906

The Bradlee Ward (also known as Ward E), erected as a pavilion ward in 1888, was designed specifically for patients requiring brain or abdominal surgery. Due to the high risk of infection in such operations, strict aseptic procedures were practiced both in the operating theatre and in the adjoining ward rooms. The above photograph, taken in the operating theatre of the Bradlee Ward, shows masked surgeons William M. Conant (at left) and Frederic C. Kidner (at right) surrounded by nurses and house pupils.