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April 4, 1914


Author Affiliations

Baltimore Instructor in Surgery, Johns Hopkins University Medical Department

JAMA. 1914;LXII(14):1090. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.25610390004016d

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An uncomfortable or awkward position hinders efficient work in any occupation, including surgical manipulations. In the outpatient department of every large surgical service many leg cases are dressed. Such dressings are often avoided, partly because of the physical discomfort necessary in applying these dressings under ordinary conditions.

The heel-rest usually supplied for this work is slightly higher than the seat of an ordinary chair, and unless the dresser sits down to apply the bandage, he is compelled to bend over and assume a very tiring position, which is a matter of considerable moment where there are a number of these dressings.

In a busy clinic it is obviously impracticable for each dresser to have a seat for this purpose, and consequently a considerable amount of energy is unnecessarily expended. In order to avoid this useless fatigue and to accelerate the work, it occurred to me that higher chairs and correspondingly

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