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Model ambulance, India, 1890-1930

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Pulled by bullocks, this 1:10 scale model represents an ambulance used by a hospital in Madras (now Chennai), south-east India. Protected by canvas flaps, there is room inside for two patients to sit on cane seats. The model was originally presented to the Royal Army Medical College Museum by a doctor who saw the ambulance in use.

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    Glossary: model - representation

    Use for a scaled representation of an object or structure, usually three-dimensional. The item is often idealised or modified to make it conceptually easier to understand.

    Glossary: ambulance

    A vehicle used for taking people to and from hospital for treatment, particularly in emergencies.