|Description:||This 1950s historical photograph was provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). It depicted the inside of an operating room suite during a surgical procedure. Following sterile protocol, the surgeons and nurses were all appropriately dressed in sterile garments consisting of head coverings, gloves, and surgical robes, which are all still worn to this day, though constructed of more complex materials that implement synthetics such as hypoallergenic polyesters.|
The NIOSH Historic Photo Collection began as the “picture file” of the Industrial Hygiene Division of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), c. 1930-1960. It is a unique collection of mid-20th Century images of American workers and workplaces and documents occupational safety and health research of that era. The collection consists of approximately 1,000 original photographs and schematic drawings.