Where to schedule surgery in 1891

If you had a choice, you may have picked the “Syms Operating Theatre” at Roosevelt Hospital (now St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center) on the corner of 59th Street and Ninth Avenue. Tiers inside the building accommodated about 200 viewers—how else were young physicians supposed to learn from your doctor’s mistakes? 

Back then, this was the premier place in New York to have surgery. The last operation took place in 1941, and the building was landmarked in 1989.

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2 Responses to “Where to schedule surgery in 1891”

  1. PizzaBagel Says:

    Syms Operating Theatre — their slogan: “Where an educated patient is our best customer!”

  2. Defunct city hospitals and their amazing buildings | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] Today, what eventually became St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital has been rebranded Mount Sinai West. I believe most of these original buildings are gone, but the early surgery theater still remains. […]

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