Radiation protection gloves

Made:
1920-1958 in Unknown place
maker:
Unknown

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(A606875) Lead apron, for use as protection for X-ray technician, 1920 to 1958, and (A606876) Pair of lead gloves, for
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Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Pair of lead gloves, for use as protective for X-ray technician, 1920 to 1958

A layer of lead incorporated into these gloves helps protect an X-ray technician from harmful radiation. They became standard protective equipment. The gloves are made of cloth. With the lead, they weigh three kilos. They are seen with a protective apron (A606875). This is also lead lined.

X-rays were discovered in 1895 by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845-1923). The first committee to investigate possible ill effects of X-rays was formed three years later in 1898. Reports of burns and dermatitis due to the rays were frequent by this date.

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Details

Category:
Radiomedicine
Object Number:
A606876
Materials:
complete, lead, leather and rubber
type:
radiation protection equipment
credit:
Mann, J.J. and Kohnstamm

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