Story: Primary health care

Operating theatre

Improved sanitary practices and advances in medical technology increased the status of medicine and contributed to the control of primary health care by doctors. This surgical team, some wearing caps and masks, are working in an operating theatre at Palmerston North Hospital about 1919. At this time general practitioners also worked in hospitals. Scroll along to see the entire photo.

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Palmerston North City Library
Reference: 2007N_H71_WOR_0104
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Michael Belgrave, 'Primary health care - Establishing medical control, late 19th and early 20th centuries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/31518/operating-theatre (accessed 20 November 2019)

Story by Michael Belgrave, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2019