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JAMA 100 Years Ago
December 26, 2001

A New Operating Table.

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JenniferReiling, Assistant Editor

JAMA. 2001;286(24):3055. doi:10.1001/jama.286.24.3055-JJY10044-3-1

DR. T. M. HOPKINS exhibited a model of an operating table. He claims that what is commonly called surgical shock is in many instances due to the fact that the patient remains for an hour or longer in contact with the wet and cold table, be it metal, glass or wood; that a physician in ordinary practice would never allow his patient to remain in a cold and wet bed, and that the patients undergoing an operation if conscious would strenuously object to such rough treatment. To overcome these objections he constructed a table the upper slab of which represents a tank which can be filled with hot water, the quantity and temperature being regulated by appropriate contrivances.

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