M (trackstar99) wrote in little_details,

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toad rooms? WTF?

This is perhaps not the best forum for this question and it may not show up in my writing, either, but I have to ask:

I was looking at a book of plans for a British university teaching hospital built around 1972 and spotted, in the basement near the morgue and pathology a small room labeled "toad room". What the blazes is this?!

I have worked in teaching hospitals and most often think I know a thing or two about hospital architecture (indeed I co-authored a scientific publication on designing radiology departments) but this is something which I have never seen before and I asked other medical ppl I know and everyone is clueless (albeit very intrigued) about these toad rooms!

Tags: 1970-1979, uk: health care and hospitals, ~medicine: historical

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