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Doll wearing a Denis Browne-type splint/harness, England, 1940-1960

Doll wearing a Denis Browne-type splint/harness, England, 1940-1960

Credits: Science Museum

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This doll is one of a number used at the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital, in Alton, Hampshire, England, to show parents, and in some cases children, the treatment the child will undergo. Founded in 1908, the hospital was originally opened to provide specialised treatment for children with orthopaedic conditions, mainly caused by tuberculosis and, later, polio. A Denis Browne-type splint/harness is applied to the hips to help correct hip dysplasia – which is usually diagnosed only in young babies. It occurs when the top of the leg bone is not properly located in the hip socket or not located where the hip socket is expected to develop. The splint is named after its inventor, Sir Denis Browne (1892-1967), an Australian paediatric surgeon.

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