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Crutches - French, Child's, Metal, circa 1920 Object Reg. No: HT 22877

Summary:
Pair of extendible metal crutches with wooden handled and leather covered arm hooks. Made in France, about 1920. Used at Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital, Victoria, Australia, to enable mobility of children with polio.

Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital began life in 1904 as a fever hospital. It treated Victorian patients for typhoid, diphtheria, cholera, small pox and the epidemics of polio and scarlet fever. It later became one of the world's foremost centres for the research and treatment of infectious diseases, especially HIV/AIDS. It was closed in 1996 amid controversy and protest.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Bryan Speed - Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital Fairfield Hospital Archives, 2008
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: hospitals, infectious diseases, polio poliomyelitis, mobility aids
Themes this item is part of: Fairfield Hospital Collection, Medicine in Society Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Infectious Diseases
Tertiary Classification: equipment
Place & Date Made: France, circa 1920
Place & Date Used: Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital, Fairfield, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920s-1950s
References: Anderson, W.K., 'Fever Hospital: A History of Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital', Melbourne University Press, 2002.

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