Model ambulance, of McPherson, known as the Madras waggon, wood, from Royal Army Medical College, English, second half 19th century
Known as a ‘Madras wagon’, this type of ambulance had space for eight men sitting up or for two lying down. Pulled by two or more horses, the journey would have been uncomfortable, especially over rough terrain.
The ambulance is named after Duncan MacPherson (1812-1867), a military surgeon who served in China and India. The model was used at the Royal Army Medical College to teach students about military medicine. It was donated to the Wellcome collections in 1939.
- Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
- Object Number:
- visual and verbal communication
- furnishing and equipment
- vehicle - transportation
- land vehicle
- emergency vehicle
- Fitzgerald-Powell, W.I.
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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