Finger splint, England, 1960-1980
Worn on the finger, this splint made from leather reinforced with metal kept the finger in an extended position. Splints are used to prevent bones moving after an accident or through disease and encourage them to grow correctly. It was used at the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital in Alton, Hampshire, England, a hospital set up in 1908 to treat children with a range of orthopaedic conditions and physical disabilities. The hospital combined treatment with education and schooling.
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