Series VPRS 16849
Clinical Photographs of In-Patients [II]
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Date Range: Series Circa 1943 - Circa 1956
  Series in Custody Circa 1943 - Circa 1956
  Contents Circa 1943 - Circa 1956
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1943 - 1956 The Royal Childrens Hospital [also known as RCH] VA 1239
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2011 - cont The Royal Childrens Hospital [also known as RCH] VA 1239
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  • How to use the Records
    WARNING - this series contains graphic images which may cause distress.

    There is no discernable order to the arrangement of the photographs in this series. Researchers are advised to browse the volume to identify possible photographs of interest.

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of clinical photographs of in-patients at the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) illustrating a range of medical and surgical conditions. There are also photographs of doctors and nurses in operating theatres.

    Some photographs have brief descriptive labels and clinical conditions are sometimes noted. Few have dates recorded. The subjects of the photographs are not identified.

    Precisely who took the photographs, why they took them, and how they selected their subjects is not known. According to the official history of the RCH photographs were taken to illustrate cases published in medical journals and doctors did arrange for photographs to be taken for medical purposes (though when this began it doesn't say). Initially these were taken by outside photographers. The first photographer was appointed to the hospital in 1934 and at the same time a clinical photography service was established. See the publication The Royal Children's Hospital; A History of Faith, Science and Love for further information.

    Clinical photographs of Royal Children's Hospital in-patients can also be found VPRS 16803 Clinical Photographs of In-patients [I] c1890 - c1908.

    Prior to transfer to Public Record Office Victoria, the records in this series were maintained as part of the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Archives. They were part of RCH accession number 2000/0007.

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    There is no discernable recordkeeping system.

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