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August 25, 1934

AUTOMOBILE JACK FOR FRACTURED SPINE

Author Affiliations

Chicago Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Northwestern University Medical School

JAMA. 1934;103(8):562. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.72750340001008
Abstract

This apparatus provides a cheap and remarkably efficient means of producing any desired degree of hyperextension of the dorsolumbar spine and makes easy the application of a plaster-of-paris jacket in dorsal recumbency. It is particularly valuable in the forcible correction of compression fractures of the spine. It is a combination of an ordinary automobile screw-jack with a simple device that I1 described in 1907. Two short pieces of half inch gas pipe, 2 inches long, are brazed vertically to the top of the jack, about an inch apart. Four flat strips of iron measuring ½ by ⅛ by 4 inches are bent at the middle to a right angle and two of them are slipped into each gas pipe (fig. 1). This makes two T shaped supports on which will rest the kyphosis, protected by a thick piece of felt 4 or 5 inches square. The head and shoulders rest

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