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Plaster casts of a child patient's feet, Hampshire, England, 1967

Plaster casts of a child patient's feet, Hampshire, England, 1967

Credits: Science Museum

These plaster casts were made from the feet of a boy called Kevin when he was at the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital in Alton, Hampshire, England. Plaster casts are made as a record of a patient’s condition and also as a guide to fit any prostheses or special footwear that may be needed. Founded in 1908, the Lord Mayor Treloar Hospital specialised in treating children with orthopaedic conditions, such as those caused by rickets, polio and tuberculosis. The casts are shown here with a similar example (2002-345).

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    Glossary: cast

    Use for sculptural works or reproductions made by casting. In industrial and building trade contexts, prefer "castings."

    Glossary: plaster cast

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    Glossary: rickets

    A condition caused by a lack of vitamin D. Characterized by soft and deformed bones, which can lead to an increased number of injuries.

    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

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