We've had a lot of posts about our work to catalogue records from the Royal Victoria Hospital recently as part of our major Wellcome Trust-funded project - from the early days of treatment under the pioneering Edinburgh Scheme to the wonders of Mass Miniature Radiography.
As well as our case notes, we have a set of slides recording TB treatments in the first half of the twentieth century, and these are some of my favourite images in our collections. They show the early days of TB nurses coming into families' homes (which were often over-crowded and un-sanitised, though notably not in this early publicity image):
|Royal Victoria Dispensary nurse visiting a 'consumptive's home', 1900s (P/PL41/TB/001)|
|Ward in Royal Victoria Hospital, c. 1910s (P/PL41/TB/023)|
There are also records of the physical exercise that was promoted as essential in the final stage of recovery:
|'Respiratory drill' in the Royal Victoria Hospital grounds, 1910s (P/PL41/TB/071)|
|A redacted TB case note catalogue entry, showing the type of XML data Kiersten will be working with. - and the basis of our forthcoming public online catalogues|