Operation by Spencer Wells, 19th century

Operation by Spencer Wells, 19th century

N700/0005 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 45.9MB

Downloadable file size: 5.4MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Caption: Illustration of Thomas Spencer Wells, a London surgeon, during an abdominal operation on a woman patient. Spencer Wells lived from 1818 to 1897. He is remembered as the inventor of the Spencer Wells forceps, a common design of clamp still used to seal blood vessels. The patient is receiving chloroform as an anaesthetic, introduced into medicine in 1847 by Sir James Young Simpson as a more convenient substance compared to the previously used ether.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 19th century surgery, anaesthetic, anesthetic, chloroform, early use of, healthcare, historical image, history, medical, medicine, surgeon, surgery, surgical care, thomas spencer, thomas spencer wells, wells

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.