The Gross Clinic

 

by Thomas Eakins

A famous surgeon and academic writer, Dr. Samuel Gross is shown here leading a clinic of five doctors operating on the thigh of a patient and demonstrating to students the relatively new surgical procedure he had developed to treat bone infections. As a teacher, he was considered remarkable for his ability to enliven the standard medical lecture by using anecdote and humor.

Thomas Eakins – The Gross Clinic – 1864 – oil on canvas – 8′ x 16’6″

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