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Portrait No. 32

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Other title:
Po Ashing

Description:
Afver view of #31, with amputated arm.

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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 Study from Peter Parker's Journal, Nov. 1836. "At 11 a.m. the patient was seated in a chair supported around the waist by a sheet. The time did not exceed a minute from the application of the scalpel till the arm was laid on the floor. The best representation of the arm after amputation, so far as its shape is concerned, is that of a large ham of bacon. It weighed 16 catties, equal to 21 1/8 pounds. All who were present pronounced the case the most remarkable they had ever seen. The patient is the first Chinese, so far as I know, who ever voluntarily submitted to the amputation of a limb. The patient made a good recovery."