Three medical professionals tend to a patient on an operating table, June 1945


Photograph. A patient lies prone on an operating table while three medical professionals tend to him. Official Caption: "Rome, 6/6/45--New tourniquet eliminates gangrene--A nurse and interne demonstrate the use of a new pneumatic tourniquet applied to the leg of a patient before an operation. This tourniquet almost totally eliminates the danger of post operative gangrene, which often develops from use of conventional tourniquets. The pressure gauge is near the patient's head so the anesthetist may inflate tourniquet just as the incision is made and control pressure throughout the operation. Damage to blood vessels is averted by the soft cushioning action which the inflatable tube exerts over a comparatively wide surface. Medical authorities agree that correct pressure is impossible with manual tourniquets but even unskilled operators can apply proper pressure with the new tourniquet according to readings of the gauge dial, attached to the end of a rubber hose into which air is pumped by a hand bulb.--PME Photo--Serviced by Rome OWI (A List Out). Approved by appropriate military authority. 6544." Location unknown. 6 June 1945

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Items from the service of Isaac "Ike" Bethel Utley, who was born in Smith Mills, Kentucky on 3 March 1920. Ike enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 19 January 1942. He was shipped overseas to the European Theatre and worked with a supply division based out of the city of Naples with an office set up in a residential villa. Utley worked with the Office of War Information and used their photographs in news articles to inform soldiers of the progress of the war. At war's end, Utley returned stateside. A trunk full of over 800 photographs from the O.W.I. arrived on his doorstep from his office in Italy, sender unknown. This collection consists of those photographs.
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