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Wooden patient trolley, England, 1920-1935

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Pushed by one person, this trolley was used for many years to transport child patients around the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital in Alton, Hampshire, England. Opened in 1908, the hospital originally specialised in treating children with orthopaedic conditions caused by tuberculosis and polio. It combined treatment of the physically disabled with education and schooling for long term patients. The hospital closed in the 1990s.

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Glossary: tuberculosis

An infectious disease that is caused by a bacterium first identified by Robert Koch in 1882. The disease usually affects the lungs first, and is accompanied by a chronic cough.

Glossary: polio

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Glossary: patient trolley

used to transport patients between wards and departments