Natalie Lawrence

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This paper explores the assimilation of the flightless dodo into early modern natural history. The dodo was first described by Dutch sailors landing on Mauritius in 1598, and became extinct in the 1680s or 1690s. Despite this brief period of encounter, the bird was a popular subject in natural-history works and a range of other genres. The dodo will be used(More)
Paraplegics usually transfer from wheelchair to water closet by side, rear or front approach. This necessitates removal of the arm support or back rest and sitting on the water closet in opposite to normal direction. The author has designed a rotary attachment which enables the patients to approach from the front and transfer easily so as to sit in the(More)
In February 1943, in the midst of the Second World War, Prime Minister Winston Churchill demanded that a live duck-billed platypus be sent from Australia to Britain. A vigorous male was shipped off but died shortly before arrival in Britain. This request can only be understood if placed in the context of Churchill's passion for exotic pets as well as the(More)
A severely paralysed child whose trunk as well as both lower limbs is affected needs an aid for the basic needs of sitting, standing and other activities of daily living. Often a number of aids such as standing table, adapted chairs, commode etc., is required to meet basic needs. Special equipment has been designed for this multipurpose use, which does not(More)
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