Market Lavington Museum

Another splint


We have a collection of medical items in Market Lavington Museum, that were used in the past by village doctors. We have already seen Robert Liston’s Invention, a straight splint for holding a broken bone in place, while it mended. We also have this one, from the time of Dr Lush.

From its right angled shape, we guess it might have been used on an arm or, possibly, an ankle. It is 19cm long and 30cm high and is padded on this side.

The other side shows its wooden construction, with a metal plate for strength, and a wing nut.

Although it looks rather home made, it does, in fact, have a maker’s mark on it, so was, presumably, mass produced.