Bad Air During Surgery
If you needed surgery in the late 1800s or early 1900s, there was a very high risk of death. Doctors at the time didn’t understand the importance of using clean tools or keeping a surgical area clean between surgeries. Surgeons in the late 1800s took pride in their blood-stained clothing after surgeries. There was no worry about infections. Illnesses ran rampant if you survived the surgery. It was common for people to die from having surgery only to be killed by an infection afterwards. Doctors were so misinformed that they believed something like ‘bad air’ could cause diseases, not their soiled clothing or medical tools. It was a dangerous time to go through something that required surgery. Surgical techniques were a guessing game. There was no guarantee of survival like we have today. Simple procedures like removing the appendix could cause a patient’s death.