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Ceramic teaching doll to show prospective treatments, England, 1930-1950

Ceramic teaching doll to show prospective treatments, England, 1930-1950

Credits: Science Museum

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Lying on a bed, the ceramic doll has a splint applied to its arm. Splints help keep injured or diseased bones in position so they heal correctly. The doll comes from the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital, Alton, Hampshire, England, and was used to show child patients and their family the upcoming treatment . 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: teaching doll

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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: splint

A rigid device of plastic, wood or plaster that serves to immobilize or support an injury. Generally strapped alongside an injured limb.

Glossary: polio

An infectious disease affecting the central nervous system. Affected individuals can exhibit a range of symptoms if the polio virus enters the blood stream.