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  • An Iron Lung for Polio


    A recently broadcast BBC television programme, The Battle to Beat Polio, features historical footage from a Wellcome Library film. The film in question is The Both Mechanical Respirator, 1939 and it has an interesting story of its own. Polio or… Continue reading

  • On me ‘ead..


    The Library has recently purchased the only known copy of a German pamphlet from 1785 that still contains two original ‘forehead reading’ templates. Made of cardboard and hand painted, these unique plates fit over the forehead to enable the practise… Continue reading