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Mobile x-ray machine for use on hospital wards, England, 1940-1955

X-rays allow physicians and surgeons to see inside the body to help diagnose or monitor the patient’s problem. If patients required X-rays but were bed bound due to their age or condition, this mobile machine could be wheeled to their ward. Although quite rare in hospitals before the First World War, by the 1930s almost every hospital in the United Kingdom had an X-ray department. The machine was made by A E Dean Co Ltd, with an ‘Aeromax 8’ tube by Machlett X-ray Tubes Ltd.

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