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Model of a Red Cross mobile operating theatre, England, 1914-1968

Used by the Red Cross Society during the First World War, this mobile operating theatre would be used for emergency operations behind the front lines, perhaps en route to a field hospital. Inside the truck is a range of model equipment and provisions, including an operating table, stores for water and medicines and cupboards for surgical instruments. A specialised vehicle like this was a great innovation compared to what had been available in previous conflicts.

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    Glossary: operating table

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    Use for a scaled representation of an object or structure, usually three-dimensional. The item is often idealised or modified to make it conceptually easier to understand.

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