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Hospital chair weighing machine on wheels, 'The Weighwell', England, 1920-1950

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Monitoring a patient’s weight can indicate their health. Accurate weight information also ensures the appropriate dose is given of any medication. This wooden weighing machine was known as ‘The Weighwell’. It weighed hospital patients easily. It could weigh up to 23 stone, approximately 150kg. The machine was made by Berry and Warmington Ltd.

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Glossary: weighing machine

A machine (sometimes referred to as a scale) for weighing persons, objects or large weights.

Glossary: measurement

Measurement is the process of estimating the magnitude of some attribute of an object, such as its length or weight, relative to some standard (unit of measurement), such as a meter or a kilogram. The act of measuring usually involves using a measuring instrument, such as a ruler, weighing scale, thermometer or speedometer which is calibrated to compare the measured attribute to a measurement unit. Metrology is the scientific study of measurement.

Glossary: personal weigher

weighing machine or device specifically for determing the weight of an individual person, usually but not always in a domestic environment. Characterised by weighing platform or chair, based on the steelyard lever principle (Distinct from bathroom scales)