An 1899 film showing a rather gory surgical procedure has been confirmed as being the oldest known surviving film of a surgery, as well as the oldest known film showing the use and history of anesthesia.

The film was loaded to YouTube some time ago, where it was largely forgotten, but it’s gaining attention now because of new research that supports the film’s importance. The study, which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Anesthesia History, notes that multiple film libraries in Europe have confirmed the film’s historical significance.

Watch the video at Discovery News.


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