About the Work
C. E. Washington added these slides to her curiosity collection in
1999. The slides were most likely used as instructional aids for medical
students and date back to the late 1940's. Depicting reconstructive and
cosmetic surgical procedures and implements, the glass slides show a
postwar America where ethnic variance constitutes deformity, radiation
falls into the hands of the novice, and Playboy cartoons are instructional
material for the medical student.
"I have hundreds of these slides, and most of them have patient names or
other identifying details on them. For this show I felt obligated to pick
slides that were interesting, but anonymous."