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.
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.
"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.