The traction frame illustrated was devised for a dispensary patient with acute hip-joint disease whose treatment it was necessary to conduct in a dirty and ill-ventilated home. The child needed traction and fresh air, and by use of the frame was enabled to have both. The effectiveness of the apparatus was so well demonstrated in this case that I have used it in several ward cases at the Post-Graduate Hospital with entire satisfaction and believe it to be more efficient than the ordinary form of bed traction, with the added advantage that patients may be carried into the fresh air when desired.
This traction device is added to the end of an ordinary gaspipe frame (Fig. 1). It is made of stock fittings which are inexpensive and readily obtainable. In assembling the parts the only caution necessary is the insertion of pins (indicated by white points in Fig. 1) to
ROBERTS PW. A NEW TRACTION FRAME. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(16):1192. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260040208009