Double truss for the treatment of a hernia, London, England, 1901-1918

Made:
1901-1918 in London
maker:
S Maw Son & Sons

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Double truss, circular, for inguinal hernia, size 35, by S. Maw, Son and Sons, London, English, 1900-1930

A hernia occurs when an organ or part of the body protrudes through the muscle wall in the body. This truss is used to support a hernia in the groin. Hernias of this type are caused by physical effort, or even through excessive coughing, and were once a very common problem among labourers and the elderly.

Today they are usually easily corrected by a simple surgical procedure, but before the National Health Service began in 1948, hernias were often left untreated, causing a great deal of pain. The truss, constructed from cloth-covered metal, was made by S Maw, Sons and Son, a surgical and medical instrument maker based in London.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
A635990
Materials:
covering, fabric, covering, leather and frame, steel, spring
type:
truss
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment