Ultra violet treatment trolley, Slough, England, 1950-1970

Made:
1950-1970 in Slough

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Hanovia 'Kromayer model 10' UV treatment trolley Front 3/4 view of whole object aginst dark grey graduated background.
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Hanovia 'Kromayer model 10' UV treatment trolley Front 3/4 view of whole object aginst dark grey graduated background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Hanovia 'Kromayer model 10' UV treatment trolley Detail view of top part of object aginst dark grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

1. Hanovia 'Kromayer model 10' UV treatment trolley

Ultraviolet rays are radiation wavelengths invisible to the human eye. Much of the sun’s energy output is in the form of these rays. We feel them in the form of heat. This ultraviolet treatment trolley was used for ‘focal ultraviolet therapy’. This was most likely for skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne or scrofula (skin tuberculosis). The intensity of the rays was controlled via dials on the control panel. These rays were dispensed via an appliance that looks like a hairdryer placed against the skin. Small amounts of ultraviolet light are therapeutic for skin disorders. However, overexposure can lead to ‘sunburn’. This can cause permanent cell damage and premature ageing of the skin.

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Object Number:
1984-203
type:
ultraviolet lamp
taxonomy:
  • component - object
  • lamp - light bulb
credit:
Hunt, S.

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