'Biomac 500' medical averaging computer, 1965-1970

Made:
1965-1970 in United Kingdom
maker:
Data Laboratories Limited

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'Biomac 500' medical averaging computer used in the EEG (Electroencephalograph) department at The Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, example of the first medical averaging computers, 1965-1970.

Used in the EEG (electroencephalography) department at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, England, this computer was one of the first examples of a medical averaging computer. EEG is the study of the electrical signals in the brain. The computer, made by Data Laboratories Limited, was used to analyse the data from electromyograms – medical tests on the nervous system. The computer could calculate the results and produce them in a readable format for the doctors. These kinds of tests are also used in psychological research, to study ‘brain waves’, and would be far harder to carry out without computers like this one to analyse the data.

Details

Category:
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Object Number:
1999-861
type:
computer
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
The Radcliffe Infirmary
status:
Permanent collection

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