SURGEONS' WORK IS SEEN ON THE FILM.
Woman Faints as Overland Park Screen Shows Operations.
Modern surgeons now do their work while a moving picture camera records every detail of their operations on the film. That this custom has reached Kansas City developed yesterday when, at a private exhibit in the theater at Overland Park, two operations performed last week at a Kansas City hospital were faithfully reproduced. One depicted the amputation of a woman's leg and the other the removal of a boy's appendix.
The removal of the appendix was shown and no detail of the operation was lost in its reproduction. It was performed in eight minutes and on the screen seemed quite simple. Everything was shown from the incision of the knife to the removal of the patient from the operating room. The movie crows was particularly concerned when, at one point, as the wound was being sewed up, the lad showed signs of returning consciousness and the attendant applying the anesthetic reached hurriedly for the cone.
The leg amputation was far the more vivid and as the reproduction of the operation was concluded one of the four women in the audience fainted. This operation required seventeen minutes.
It was stated that when the operations were finished at the hospital the camera operator fainted and had to be carried from the room by one of the attending surgeons. The film taken will be used to illustrate surgical lectures.