If You Think ‘The Knick’ Patients Have it Bad … Go Back 50 Years
“[A] pauper in the almshouse is now rendered more comfortable and is cared for better after an operation than was a king but 50 years ago.” -J. Chalmers Dacosta, M.D, 1899
Steven Soderbergh’s newest project is The Knick, a medical drama that gives us a harrowing look at what life was like in a 1900s hospital. To the 21st watching this show, the medical and surgical practices of the 1900s will seem harrowing, painful, barbaric and backwards.
But to the doctors and patients of the 1850s, The Knick, premiering at 10 p.m. on Cinemax, would have been a Utopian vision of an unimaginable future. The second half of the 19th Century’s innovations gave us a platform for what we now enjoy as modern medicine — but it was a platform slick with blood, tears … and pus. Read more…More about Entertainment, Television, Tv, Cinemax, and The Knick
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