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The Diary of Herman Barrow

July 22, 1900

The X-Ray of my head is astonishing. I will bring Effie and the children in to have a turn on the machine. All the Barrows should see how God made them both inside and out. I am considering putting an announcement in the New York Times about our latest purchase. Let the residents above fourteenth street realize what The Knick can offer them.  I doubt Thackery and young Dr. Chickering’s feat in the operating theater will make a difference to the affluent clienta. I don’t know how many society women suffer from placenta previa. Admittedly, I know little about this condition, but it would seem that a woman of healthy stock, with good blood lines and diet would be far less susceptible to it. I personally have never encountered anyone of my circle suffering from it.  

Still, what Thackery did was impressive. I do not like that he and Bertie had scantily dressed oriental women parading down our hallways. It doesn’t take a genius to imagine the kind of research they were providing our hard working doctors. Thackery has taken quite a liking to his protégé. The same can’t be said for him and Dr. Edwards. He is still being marginalized and with good reason. As much as the Robertsons want him here, I believe it won’t be long before he vacates that basement office for good. There are idealist who believe we are all equal, but that world is a fantasy. Just like you wouldn’t put a cat and a mouse in the same cage. Putting Negros and whites in close proximity is a powder keg to near a flame. No good will come of it.

Facts From Episode 6

While The Knick is a work of fiction, it is based on exhaustive historical research. Below, the show’s writers share some of the true facts of the era that are depicted in this episode.

Typhoid Mary was a real woman named Mary Mallon who infected at least 53 New Yorkers. #TheKnick

The production used a real X-ray machine from the era provided by the Burns Archive.. image

X-ray machines of the day exposed people to about 1500 times more radiation than those in use today.

The death picture the Gallingers take with their daughter was a common practice.

With no FDA regulations, manufacturers could sell products with any medical claims they liked (photo courtesy of the Burns Archive).

Bertie’s idea to use water instead of air during the bladder procedure for placenta previa was based in reality. (photo courtesy of the Burns Archive).

When discouraging Algernon from fighting a fellow patron, the bartender names real heavyweight boxers from the era. 

The hernia procedure Algernon perfected is a three-layer repair that was invented by an Italian surgeon named Bassini.

The Diary of Herman Barrow
July 22, 1900


The X-Ray of my head is astonishing.  I will bring Effie and the children in to have a turn on the machine.  All the Barrows should see how God made them both inside and out.  I am considering putting an announcement in the New York Times about our latest purchase.  Let the residents above fourteenth street realize what The Knick can offer them.   I doubt Thackery and young Dr. Chickering’s feat in the operating theater will make a difference to the affluent cliental.  I don’t know how many society women suffer from placenta previa.  Admittedly, I know little about this condition, but it would seem that a woman of healthy stock, with good blood lines and diet would be far less susceptible to it.  I personally have never encountered anyone of my circle suffering from it.   Still, what Thackery did was impressive.  I do not like that he and Bertie had scantily dressed oriental women parading down our hallways.   It doesn’t take a genius to imagine the kind of research they were providing our hard working doctors.  Thackery has taken quite a liking to his protégé.  The same can’t be said for him and Dr. Edwards.  He is still being marginalized and with good reason.  As much as the Robertsons want him here, I believe it won’t be long before he vacates that basement office for good.  There are idealist who believe we are all equal, but that world is a fantasy.  Just like you wouldn’t put a cat and a mouse in the same cage.  Putting Negros and whites in close proximity is a powder keg to near a flame.  No good will come of it.

The Diary of Herman Barrow

July 22, 1900

The X-Ray of my head is astonishing.  I will bring Effie and the children in to have a turn on the machine.  All the Barrows should see how God made them both inside and out.  I am considering putting an announcement in the New York Times about our latest purchase.  Let the residents above fourteenth street realize what The Knick can offer them.   I doubt Thackery and young Dr. Chickering’s feat in the operating theater will make a difference to the affluent cliental.  I don’t know how many society women suffer from placenta previa.  Admittedly, I know little about this condition, but it would seem that a woman of healthy stock, with good blood lines and diet would be far less susceptible to it.  I personally have never encountered anyone of my circle suffering from it.   Still, what Thackery did was impressive.  I do not like that he and Bertie had scantily dressed oriental women parading down our hallways.   It doesn’t take a genius to imagine the kind of research they were providing our hard working doctors.  Thackery has taken quite a liking to his protégé.  The same can’t be said for him and Dr. Edwards.  He is still being marginalized and with good reason.  As much as the Robertsons want him here, I believe it won’t be long before he vacates that basement office for good.  There are idealist who believe we are all equal, but that world is a fantasy.  Just like you wouldn’t put a cat and a mouse in the same cage.  Putting Negros and whites in close proximity is a powder keg to near a flame.  No good will come of it.

Facts from Episode 5

While The Knick is a work of fiction, it is based on exhaustive historical research. Below, the show’s writers share some of the true facts of the era that are depicted in this episode.

Early surgeons were often barbers with limited surgical skills and education.

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Edison’s assistant Clarence Dally presents the x-ray machine. Radiation exposure had already cost him his eyebrows.

Thackery is holding a real x-ray image from the era, provided by the Burns Archive.

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"Medical advice is as much a commodity as bread and to give either to the unworthy is wrong." This is an actual quote from the era.

Big Bill Devery, the notoriously corrupt chief of police, was also co-owner of the team that would become the New York Yankees.

Algernon has stereoscopic pictures taken of the surgery to create a three dimensional image.

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