Bed specially designed for those with epilepsy, London, England, 1851-1920

Made:
1851-1920 in London
maker:
Carters (J & A) Limited

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Child's hospital bed from the Liverpool Infirmary, C1900

This bed was designed to help protect those with epilepsy from injury during a seizure. The sides are made from a flexible woven wire fabric, strong enough to stop a person falling out of the bed. The fabric was elastic enough so that if a person did hit the sides it would not cause injury or any shock. An advertisement for the bed suggests that it cost £5 to buy. This bed was used at the Liverpool Royal Infirmary in England during 1851-1920.

Details

Category:
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A2098
Materials:
frame, pine and mattress frame, steel, woven wire
type:
hospital bed
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • furniture
  • bed - furniture
credit:
Liverpool Royal Infirmary