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    Why surgery room is called as operational theatre.

    Today, I have read this interesting information in a reputed newspaper. I just want to share this with other members here.
    (Credits; The Hindu dated 30/10/12.)



    Why is the ‘surgery room’ in hospitals referred to as ‘operation theatre’?


    When we hear the word ‘theatre’, we immediately think of a building in which we watch a film or a play. The word comes from the Greek ‘theatron’ meaning ‘a place for viewing’. So why is the sterile room which no outsider is allowed to enter called a ‘theatre’? Several centuries ago, a surgery was a spectacle that many people went to see. Surgeons carried out their task in the open, in a non-sterile environment — usually in an amphitheatre. Sitting a few feet from the operating table would be medical students and interested participants watching the surgery in progress. Even today, in teaching hospitals, it is standard practice for students watch surgeries from galleries situated at a higher level than the ‘operation theatre’.



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    Re: Why surgery room is called as operational theatre.

    Although I had never seen this name given to an operation room, I guess the answer to your question is in the text itself: since students watch the operations from a "gallery situated at a higher level", the name "operation theatre" seems to make sort of sense.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Why surgery room is called as operational theatre.

    In BrE the place where major surgery is carried out is called an operating theatre.

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    Re: Why surgery room is called as operational theatre.

    It's an operating room or OR in AmE.

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    Re: Why surgery room is called as operational theatre.

    But where a special or detailed operation is done and can be viewed by an "audience" of medical students or other doctors, it can be called a theater.

    Operating theater - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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