Infant's pneumonia jacket made from white muslin, circa 1930. The jacket was used at Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital, Victoria, Australia, to help keep infants warm in the treatment of pneumonia prior to the introduction of antibiotics.
Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital began life in 1904 as a fever hospital. It treated Victorian patients for typhoid, diphtheria, cholera, small pox and the epidemics of polio and scarlet fever. It later became one of the world's foremost centres for the research and treatment of infectious diseases, especially HIV/AIDS. It was closed in 1996 amid controversy and protest.
White padded muslin jacket with sleeves. Three cotton tape ties on front opening.
Jacket made to help keep infants warm in the treatment of pneumonia prior to the introduction of antibiotics. Used at Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital Victoria, Australia.
Donation from Fairfield Hospital Archives, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Barbara Rossal-Wynne - Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Nov 2008
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Anderson, W.K., 'Fever Hospital: A History of Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital', Melbourne University Press, 2002.