When I learned to make stained glass at West Dean with Sasha Ward (highly recommended) the one thing I was concerned about was cutting myself. I have a solid track record with glass and sharp knives, having cut off the end of one finger while slicing chicken breasts (it's a great story, if you have time), having had stitches in another finger after catching a broken glass on the rebound, and having sustained innumerable bloody cuts when chopping and preparing food. Thus, I had visions of severed arteries, blood spurting everywhere, stitches, possible fainting, definitely A&E. In the event, I got one tiny nick which produced a minute drop of blood, and that was more to do with sloppy clearing up than dangerous glass-cutting. But I did make sure I knew where the first aid kit was, and that I had a few emergency plasters with me.
In this way, a link between medical assistance and stained glass formed even before I found a 1962 window in St Mary, Wargrave, by John Hayward (1929-2007) dedicated to a local doctor and his wife. Now, there are many church stained glass windows which commemorate doctors most of which feature St Luke the physician, but nowhere else have I seen one which is as wonderfully modern and detailed as this.
Everything in the window is contemporary: the artistic/illustrative style, the instruments, the uniforms, the wards, the research, the medicines. Even the section with laboratory equipment looks like Sixties abstract art (and plays nicely with the idea of representing glass with glass)
It's primarily a religious window - St Luke is, of course, in the other light - but it celebrates the advances of science and medicine and the people involved in them without any of the problems which prevented the Victorians with their mix of Darwinism and doubt from moving away from purely Biblical interpretations.
John Hayward was a deeply religious man, but he brought the contemporary world into many of his windows. So much so that if I had come round in a pool of blood after cutting off a few fingers, I would have recognised this doctor and been glad to see him.
[I wanted very much to include a section on doctors in my book but it was one of the sections, together with vicars, potatoes and domesticity, for which there wasn't room. Stained glass contains so much more than most people ever imagine.]