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The walking dead
23-MAR-2013

The walking dead

The Operating Room ~ Cellblock 3
Eastern State Penitentiary

Completed in 1910, the sterile Operating Room provided a vastly improved surgical environment over the earlier spaces used – an inmate’s individual cell.
The Operating Room, converted from two single cells and three exercise yards, was part of a larger renovation campaign turning the entire cellblock into a complete state-of-the-art hospital.
In addition to the Operating Room, Cellblock 3 gained laboratories, quarantine housing and recovery wards.
By 1917, the entire block was devoted to medical care.

There were over 100 surgeries a year in the hospital by 1920, up from just a handful in the first years of the 20th century.
A variety of surgeries were performed: amputations, appendectomies, circumcisions, hernia repairs, dental and eye-related procedures, and more.
Al Capone had his tonsils removed in September 1929.
In the 1940s, Eastern State launched a “skin bank” so inmates could donate skin to burn victims, particularly children and servicemen affected by World War II.
By the 1950s and 60s, Eastern State’s medical wing had become an unusually well equipped and sophisticated prison hospital. Inmates from other facilities with challenging medical conditions were often transferred to the penitentiary for treatment.
In a typical week the operating room might be used for heart surgery, joint repair, emergency trauma, and plastic surgery.
The Medical Director reported 226 procedures in 1964.



This room was almost pitch black when we were inside.
It was just dumb luck that I got the overhead surgical light in focus!


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Kevin Chester02-Apr-2013 11:25
Brilliant, you could have some fun with an old prison uniform in this shot.
Pieter Bos01-Apr-2013 14:56
Very creative! Well done. ~V
slhoornstra31-Mar-2013 05:47
Very effectively frightening!! V
Marcia Rules30-Mar-2013 16:18
smart thinking here...V
Zoltán Balogh29-Mar-2013 15:36
That's cool!:) V
Yvonne29-Mar-2013 10:52
Love the ghostly figures moving around, really adds to the ambiance Steph! v
LynnH29-Mar-2013 03:18
This is really really great. Very ghostly and perfect for this place/subject. BV
Sheila29-Mar-2013 00:33
What a great shot! So atmospheric!
Yi Feng29-Mar-2013 00:20
That's a magic shot, Steph!
Carol Rollins28-Mar-2013 23:13
Whoa! Spooky stuff, Steph! Well done.
rousselziak28-Mar-2013 22:42
WoW ! Fantastic work ! -V-
Chris(tine)28-Mar-2013 22:01
A disturbing image beautifully taken.
Helen Betts28-Mar-2013 21:46
Very creative work, Steph! V.
Ray :)28-Mar-2013 21:38
Very good. I once visited an abandoned hospital in Germany and the surgical lights were one of the highlights!
Johnny JAG28-Mar-2013 21:32
Very spooky
Peter Sussex28-Mar-2013 21:26
Rigorous room and the ghosty characters just enhances the feeling, that it used to be a very inconvenient place. Original, expressive and artistic work, Stephanie! Big V
Colin Storey28-Mar-2013 21:01
Great exposure for this ghostly scene. v
Frank Brault28-Mar-2013 18:51
A fantastic image! I hope the ghosts are not from operations gone bad. V
marie-jose wolff28-Mar-2013 18:29
I am frightened by these ghosts! V
larose forest photos28-Mar-2013 17:55
Fascinating text, and an appropriate and very clever image to go with it. V
dane28-Mar-2013 17:38
Beam me up, Scottie.
bill friedlander28-Mar-2013 16:08
Great exposure to get this extraordinary image! Excellent camera work! V
danad28-Mar-2013 15:50
An image with a strong visual impact, vaguely alarming. V.
sue anne28-Mar-2013 15:44
Neat ghostly effects in the operating room. The prison seems more than a prison.
Walter O. Koenig28-Mar-2013 15:08
Nice ghosting effect and tones in this one. Very interesting information. "V"
John Reynolds28-Mar-2013 15:05
An amazing series of pictures. V.
Rick Bricker28-Mar-2013 14:58
Your 'dumb luck" produced an outstanding image...has a ghostly look.Me likey! V
Jim Coffman28-Mar-2013 14:51
Whoa, this seems a very ghostly area! :) Nicely done...
longbachnguyen28-Mar-2013 14:41
fabulous
Blandine Mangin28-Mar-2013 14:41
superbe atmosphère ! v
Linda Matta28-Mar-2013 14:41
A++ ........I love ghostly images. The kids and I will often do "ghost pictures" for fun. This place seems to be sooo amazing!
Linda Matta28-Mar-2013 14:38
A++ ........I love ghostly images. The kids and I will often do "ghost pictures" for fun. This place seems to be sooo amazing!
Kim28-Mar-2013 14:36
Fantastic image Steph, not very pleasant but nicely taken, and the BW/sepia works great here! V
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