'Rathbone' dental unit, England, 1946-1955

Made:
1946-1955 in England

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'Rathbone' dental unit, cream painted steel, with associated wall-mounted operating lamp, by the Dental manufacturing
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"Rathbone" dental unit, cream painted steel, with associated wall-mounted operating lamp, by the Dental manufacturing CXo., England, 1946-1955

With the introduction of the National Health Service (NHS) in 1948, dental treatment and dentures became free of charge to all its users. When the NHS began there was a shortage of dentists and specialist equipment, creating a demand that was soon answered by companies such as The Dental Manufacturing Company, who made this dental unit. The unit looks similar to those found in dental surgeries today with a wall mounted light, mirror and a sink for patients to spit in.

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Details

Category:
Dentistry
Object Number:
1981-150
type:
dental unit
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • dental equipment
credit:
Science Museum, Department of Chemistry.

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