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ID number ART25052
Title Ulcer operation, Thailand railway
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Griffin, Murray (Artist)
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1945-1946
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.