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Operating room of Vilray P. Blair.
- ca. 1931 (Creation)
Photographic print : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm.
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Born in Austria, Gisella Loeffler came to the United States with her family in 1908, settling in St. Louis. After studying art at Washington University in St. Louis, she became a prominent member of the St. Louis Art Guild. Plastic Surgeon Vilray P. Blair commissioned Loeffler to decorate his operating room in Barnes Hospital, so that young patients may find it less intimidating.
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Dr. Vilray P. Blair's plastic surgery amphitheater in the Rand-Johnson surgical wing at Barnes Hospital was specially decorated by artist Gisella Loeffler. This view of the two story wall of the surgical amphitheater shows illustrations of Jake and the Beanstalk and the Cat and the Fiddle and the Cow jumping over the Moon.
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Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.
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