A nurse and patients in a room equipped with apparatus for ultra violet light treatment in the medical block of the Pressed Steel Company

24 Jun 1939
Pressed Steel Company, Cowley, Oxford, Oxford, Oxfordshire
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The original caption may contain language which is historic and which may no longer be considered appropriate. It has been retained in the record in the interest of historical accuracy.

The caption on the reverse of the photograph reads: “Hospital at Pressed Steel Company, Oxford. The violet ray and light treatment room in the hospital at the works of the Pressed Steel Company, Oxford.”

Health services did not always meet the needs of industry; specialist services, mostly voluntary and provided by the employer were established at some industrial sites, and industrial medical officers were often employed. Light treatment, or phototherapy, was prescribed for a range of illnesses during the first half the 20th century, particularly illnesses caused by sunlight and nutrient deficiencies. However, there were growing concerns about the link between exposure to ultraviolet light and skin cancer. Violet ray apparatus was used in the early 20th century to treat and cure a wide range of illnesses through the application of a high voltage, high frequency, low current to the patient’s body. See also MED01/01/0415-0422 and MED01/01/0424-0426, and MED01/02/0016-0017. High-resolution copies of this image are available for free for non-commercial use. Please Enquire to place an order.


This is part of the Series: MED01/01 Series of prints; within the Collection: MED01 The Medical Collection


Source: Historic England Archive

People & Organisations

Photographer: Topical Press Agency Limited

Photographer: Harrison, Norman Kingsley


Medical Block, Car Factory, Health And Welfare, People At Work, Women