Five CO2 gas cylinders, 1962-1963

1963 in England
Walter Kidde Company Limited
British Oxygen Company Limited

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Five CO2 gas cylinders which were used on powered upper limb prostheses. The bronze anodized, BOC cylinder, (containing
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Five CO2 gas cylinders and two lids for use on powered upper limb prosthetics.

Five CO2 gas cylinders used to powers artificial arms developed for use by children born with limb deformities due to the drug thalidomide. The bronze anodized, BOC cylinder was the original type, first used in November 1962. This was replaced by the steel, grey Chesterfield cylinder in 1963. It was considered dangerous if incorrectly handled and was soon withdrawn. This type was then replaced by a yellow DHSS Walter Kidde cylinder. The holster allowed attachment to a waist belt. For use in limbs made at the Limb Fitting Centre at Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton, London, 1962-1963.


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overall (EACH): 25 mm x 240 mm x 25 mm, 1.29kg
gas cylinder, artificial legs, artificial limbs, disability, medicine and prostheses
Richmond Twickenham and Roehampton Healthcare NHS Trust

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