Shadowless Lights of Modern Operating Rooms, Hazelwood Sanatorium, Louisville, Kentucky
While the two-over-one light wood windows within this view are no doubt original to the Circa 1895 building of the Hazelwood Sanatorium, Louisville, Kentucky, the operating room seen above has been modernized as it appears in the manner of such rooms just before the Second World War. Also known as the Association Sanatorium of Hazelwood, Kentucky (later subsumed by Louisville), the hospital was established and maintained for much of its history as a tuberculosis hospital. Not long before this specific facility was originally established, those suffering from “TB” were, pardon our French, shit out of luck. General hospitals would not admit such patients. A progressive movement transcended this situation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. People like Emile Berliner, the eminent inventor and Washington, D.C. resident, started the movement to establish TB hospitals as charitable initiatives. As a result in the very late 19th and early 20th centuries, specific hospitals were established for the treatment of TB.
The caption, as shown above, on a semi-original print is crystal clear in its description, as were the shadowless lights upon the operating table. This room and, especially, the table, was primary in importance to the hospital. Even by the time this Pre-WWII photograph was taken, the “modern method” for treating a TB patient was surgical almost 70 to 80 percent of the time.
We take great pleasure in sharing views of interiors related to medical establishments and, especially, in the period of “modernistic” design. Furthermore, we also enjoy the glazed, sanitary tile wainscoting that was, without a doubt, almost as new to the late nineteenth century building, as were the modernistic lights to the surgeon’s eyes.?!