Ulcer operation, Thailand railway
|Title||Ulcer operation, Thailand railway|
|Place made||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne|
|Medium||brush and brown ink and wash over green pencil|
|Measurement||Overall: 35.2 x 50.3 cm|
Japanese soldiers stand guard over an operation performed by prisoners on a tropical ulcer. Ulcers were formed when a scratch became infected due to the lack of a nourishing diet and appropriate medicines. The skin could then fester and rot, which attracted flies and maggots. In many cases these ulcers resulted in the amputation of the limb, with the operation ordinarily performed without the use of anaesthetic.