Historical information

The student nurse, Isabel C. graduate of 1934, used the diary as her personal reference for procedures followed in the operating theatres and includes her own anatomical drawings. The diary has lists of theatre procedures and details of instruments. It lists the preferences of surgeons of the day - Mr MacLure, Mr Colville, Mr Trumble, Mr Ball, and Mr Renou. The nurse has done drawings of the surgical techniques used in the more common operations.


This diary shows the detail and diligence of this nurse in coping with working in the theatres. The detail in her drawings is quite remarkable as is the level of note taking/information.

Physical description

A black diary used as a notebook