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Collecting box, England, 1952-1955

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The charity Action Medical Research was set up in 1952 to help fund research into polio with the aim of eradicating the disease. Placed in public areas, such as outside shops and town halls, the colourful design of the box is based on the Pied Piper of Hamlin and was used to draw the attention of children. This is one of a few remaining examples. Action Medical Research now fund studies into a large number of other debili-tating diseases and illnesses, including epilepsy and diabetes.

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Glossary: epilepsy

A disorder of brain function characterized by seizures that occur suddenly. The seizures can be triggered by fast flashing lights, especially strobe lighting.

Glossary: collecting box

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Glossary: diabetes

This term refers to any form of metabolic disorder characterized by extreme thirst and excess urine production.

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.