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Glass x-ray plate taken at Shepherd’s Bush Military Orthopaedic Hospital, London, England, 1919

Printed on to glass, this x-ray plate shows the lower leg bones of a patient under the treatment of Sir Robert Jones (1857-1933), a pioneering British orthopaedic surgeon. Jones set up twenty specialist military orthopaedic centres throughout Britain during the First World War. One of the first was the Shepherd’s Bush Military Orthopaedic Hospital, London, set up in May 1916. It is where these x-rays are believed to have been taken.

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Glossary: x-ray photograph

An internal image of the body that is produced by exposing a photographic plate to X-rays.