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Portrait No. 71

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Title:

Other title:
Woo Kinshing

Description:
Man with a massive tumor of the left chest wall.

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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:
2004-07-16

Collection: Medical Historical Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Case Summary from Peter Parker's Journal (April 11, 1838) "Woo Kinshing, age 49, a fisherman ten years since had a small tumor just below the clavicle on the left side. The circumference at the base, at the time of operation, was 3 feet, 3 inches. Its perpendicular length was 2 feet, and its transverse diameter from the axilla to the sternum, 1 foot, 8 inches. The weight of it had become extremely burdensome, and several times a day the patient experienced severe paroxysms of pain, causing him to groan aloud, at which time he laid his tumor on the floor and reclined himself on it. In this position he spent the principal part of his time day and night. The dissection was almost as difficult as that of a skin on the bottom of a foot. The tumor was laid on the floor just 16 minutes from the commencement of the operation, and not a ligature was required. It weighed about 15 pounds avoirdupois. June 18, the old gentleman was discharged in perfect health."