Ulcer operation, Thailand railway
ID numberART25052
Collection typeArt
TitleUlcer operation, Thailand railway
MeasurementOverall: 35.2 x 50.3 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerGriffin, Murray
Place madeAustralia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made1945-1946
Physical descriptionbrush and brown ink and wash over green pencil
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionJapanese 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.