A nurse closing the lid on a cabinet housing a patient receiving short-wave therapy at the Charterhouse Rheumatism Clinic

23 Nov 1939
Charterhouse Rheumatism Clinic, 56-60 Weymouth Street, City Of Westminster, Greater London Authority
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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: “Where rheumatism is studied scientifically. Charterhouse Rheumatism Clinic. Picture shows a patient receiving short-wave therapy to both hips for osteo-arthritis condition in the hips. (See story herewith)”

Founded in 1928, the Charterhouse Rheumatism Clinic was initially an experiment into the use of stock vaccine therapy as a treatment for rheumatic disorders, as the founder of the Clinic believed that all rheumatic diseases were bacterial. In 1939 the Clinic moved to a new building in Weymouth Street, costing £33,000 and with a capacity to treat 2,000 patients each week. The new building housed a free clinic, physiotherapy room, research laboratories, beds for patients and offices; it became a centre of the Clinic’s research, investigative and treatment activities. Wide field radiation therapy was conducted at the Clinic, and the waiting hall could be converted to be used as a lecture room. See also MED01/01/0611-0614 and MED01/01/0616-0622, and MED01/02/0018. 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


Clinic, Health And Welfare, People At Work, Women