'Spinal Babies' poem, England, 1950-1970

Made:
1950-1970 in Alton
maker:
Unknown

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Poem entitled "Spinal Babies", typed on hospital notepaper and mounted on cardboard backing with cut out illustrations and string loop for wall hanging, from the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital, Alton, Hampshire, England, 1950-1970.

This poem once hung on the wall of a ward in the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital in Alton, Hampshire, England. Founded in 1908, the hospital was originally opened to provide specialised treatment for children with orthopaedic conditions, mainly caused by tuberculosis and, later, polio. The hospital combined treatment of the physically disabled with education and schooling.

Treatment for conditions such as polio and scoliosis – curvature of the spine – included bed rest and plaster casts to encourage the bones to grow in the correct alignment.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
2002-378
Materials:
cord, paper, thin hardboard
Measurements:
depth (of the material): 2 mm,
depth (due to planar distortion): 12 mm,
overall (including hanging mechanism): 336 mm x 251 mm
type:
poem
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
  • cast
credit:
North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust
status:
Permanent collection

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