PAST IN PIC­TURES

The Na­tional Health Ser­vice turns 70 on 5 July 2018. To cel­e­brate, His­toric Eng­land is digi­tis­ing 4,050 black-and-white pho­tos of pre-NHS health­care taken in 1938–1943. Here is a se­lec­tion

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Health­care on the home front in WW2

Treat­ing gas

Un­der su­per­vi­sion nurses in pro­tec­tive cloth­ing prac­tise gas de­con­tam­i­na­tion of a pa­tient at Ad­den­brooke’s Hos­pi­tal, Cam­bridge, on 3 Septem­ber 1941. The hos­pi­tal was founded in 1866, and is still train­ing med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als and treat­ing pa­tients to­day.

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