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Surgical Amphitheater

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Surgical Amphitheater


Operating Rooms
General surgery
General surgery--Education
Surgical Instruments
Anesthesia, Inhalation
Blockley Almshouse
Philadelphia General Hospital
Stauffer, Nathan P.
Brown, Charles G.
Pfahler, George E. (George Edward), 1874-1957


Seven residents, five nurses present during operation.
Back of image: From left to right: Drs. Nathan P. Stauffer, Charles G. Brown, Holmes, Davies, G. E. Pfahler, Schwerin, and Siggins, old Blockley 1900
Schwerin was resident physician at PGH in 1901, Siggins, Davies, Holmes and Stauffer were resident physicians at PGH in 1901, Brown was resident physician at PGH, 1901-1903.


Original image: Philadelphia General Hospital Photograph Collection, Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, box 3, photo no. 12
Philadelphia General Hospital was originally part of the Philadelphia Almshouse, which was founded in 1731 for the city’s poor, elderly and indigent. Nicknamed “Old Blockley,” because of its location in Blockley Township of West Philadelphia, the hospital was renamed Philadelphia General Hospital in 1919. The hospital eventually closed in 1977. The images in this collection have been compiled from a number of sources but appear to be predominantly from the personal photo albums of attending physicians.


Digitized by the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia


ca. 1900



Is Part Of

Pfahler, George E. (George Edward), 1874-1957. Pfahler collection

Spatial Coverage


Temporal Coverage

History, 19th Century

Original Format

1 photograph

Physical Dimensions

12 x 17 cm


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