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TALC Direct Recording Scale, Hertfordshire, England, 1992

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Teaching Aids at Low Cost (TALC) is a charity. It made these simple plastic scales with hook and suspension cord. They weigh babies and young children up to 17kg and were for use in the developing world. They are deliberately ‘low tech’. The set includes a ‘Child Health Chart’. This allows the child’s weight to be plotted on the paper chart and compared against a normal growth rate. Monitoring a child’s growth rate is one way of diagnosing malnutrition and the presence of disease. TALC was founded by Professor David Morley in 1965. It was a response to overseas students requesting teaching materials they could use back in their own countries.

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1992-890 Pt1



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.

Glossary: scales - weighing device

Instruments for determining the weight of objects or substances.