Circular unit of Finsen lamp

Made:
1890-1900 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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The main circular unit of the Finsen ultraviolet lamp, presented by Princess Alexandra to the London Hospital in 1900

This Finsen lamp was presented to the Royal London Hospital (formerly the London Hospital) by Queen Alexandra (1844-1925) when she was Princess of Wales. The lamp was named after its inventor, Neils Ryberg Finsen (1860-1904), who in 1894 pioneered the use of ultraviolet light (UV) to treat tuberculosis of the skin.

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Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Object Number:
A600314/1
Materials:
brass, incomplete, leather, quartz, rubber, silk, steel, wood
type:
finsen lamp
taxonomy:
  • component - object
  • lamp - light bulb
  • ultraviolet lamp
credit:
London Hospital Medical College

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