Dissection Room at a Medical School, Bordeaux, France, 1890
Photographer unknown, Gelatin silver print
The study of anatomy separated laypersons from physicians. The public was excluded from the anatomy hall, which was the inner sanctum of physicians. This photograph comes from a type of formal album produced at the end of the 19th century. Such albums heralded the rise of medical schools and hospitals as places of learning and healing.
From A Morning’s Work: Medical Photographs from the Burns Archive & Collection, 1843-1939