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Portrait No. 16

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Title:

Description:
Woman, seated, wearing jade earrings. Pendulant tumors in both breast.

Subjects:

Date:
1830-1850

Resource type:
Oil painting

Artist:

Dimensions:
61 cm x 47 cm

Original format:
Framed, oil on board

Collection:
Peter Parker Collection

Rights:
Yale University

Repository:
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library. Historical Library

Date available:
2004-07-15

Case Summary from Peter Parker's Journal. "Hypertrophy of both breasts, of ten years of growth, successfully removed under the influence of chloroform." April 17, 1848. Lu-shi, aged 42, first presented herself at the hospital, April 17; and when we were about to operate on her, after a few weeks' preparatory treatment, her impatient, opium-smoking husband suddenly summoned her home. Her husband died, and the woman returned. Dec. 24, 1849, the left breast, measuring 2 feet, 2 1/2 inches in circumference, and weighing 4 1/2 catties (about 6 pounds), was removed in three and a half minutes. In one month after, the right breast, measuring 2 feet, and weighing 5 1/2 pounds was removed in three minutes."