Medical equipment used in Great War exhibition

24 April 2015

Historical medical equipment from the University of Auckland’s Clinical Skills Centre will feature in the just opened “The Great War Exhibition” at the Dominion Museum in Wellington.

The 1910 to 1920 medical equipment was sought by the exhibition’s Creative Director, Sir Peter Jackson via his company, WingNut Films.

The exhibition commemorates the First World War and will run for about four years (the length of the war). 

Associate Professor Andy Wearn, who leads the Clinical Skills Centre says that in the 14 years since the Centre was established it has had two or three donations of old medical equipment.

These included a donation from the Haslett family, whose Dr Selwyn Langstaff Haslett graduated MBChB Otago before the war and served in WW1 in Mesopotamia and Gallipoli.

Another donation from the Woodroffe family of Manurewa in 2007, included medical equipment they had inherited from Dr Adah Platts Mills who was a well-known GP in Maraetai where she lived until the late 1980s. 

The items selected for the Great War Exhibition include three splints, an anaesthetic mask, a field surgical kit with amputation saw, a stethoscope, and an auroscope.

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