x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

2. Foetal heart monitor from Al Ain's Oasis Hospital, early 1960s

To mark the nation's 40th anniversary, we feature 40 historic objects.

Nurse Gertrude Dyck (known as 'Doctora Latifa') at an outpatient clinic.
Nurse Gertrude Dyck (known as 'Doctora Latifa') at an outpatient clinic.
For hundreds, perhaps thousands of women and their unborn babies, this simple shaft of wood represented the difference between life and death.