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Cot plaque from Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, England, 1902

Cot sponsoring was a popular way for people to give financial support to a hospital such as Great Ormond Hospital for Sick Children, which relied solely on charity donations. This plaque was raised in honour of Gladys Dean Paul to acknowledge her gift. It is shown here with two other cot plaques (1986-1444 and 1986-1445).

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Glossary: plaque

An ornamental tablet of metal, porcelain etc that depicts a person, scene or inscription. Often fixed to a building in commemoration of a person or notable historical occurence.

Glossary: paediatrics

The branch of medicine dealing with the medical care of children, infants and adolescents. The patient age limit is usually 14-18, depending on the country. A medical practitioner who specializes in this area is known as a paediatrician.