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Life in Death

A team of medical personnel in the operating room working on a patient
Description: Painting, Oil on Canvas; by David Stone Martin; C. 1943; Framed Dimensions 28H X 28W
Accession #: 88-159-IF as a Gift of Abbott Laboratories
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Training to preserve life amidst a hail of death, U.S. Navy medical officers and corpsmen practice an "operation" in an underground operating room similar to the one on Guadalcanal. Everything is portable even the lights being powered by a storage battery. The muslin canopy is to catch dust falling from the ceiling as a result of "explosions" of bombs and shells. 

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  • Art
Wars & Conflicts
  • World War II 1939-1945
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