Child-size metal leg extension splint, England, 1940-1960

Made:
1940-1960 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Child's metal leg extension bed-splint, from the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital, Alton, Hampshire, England, 1940-1960

Made from metal, this splint was worn by a child with a condition that affected the growth and structure of the leg bones – possibly polio. The splint would have been worn for long period in order to encourage the legs to grow normally.

The splint was used at the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital in Alton, England, a hospital set up in 1908 to treat children with a range of orthopaedic conditions and physical disabilities. The hospital combined treatment with education and schooling.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
2002-326
Materials:
leather and metal
type:
splint
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • dressings
credit:
North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust