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Some years ago, not being satisfied with any of the operating tables in the market, I had one made of my own devising, which has worked so satisfactorily and been so highly spoken of by my gynecologic friends who have seen it in use, that I have concluded to bring it to the attention of the profession.
The ordinary operating table, if arranged to obtain the Trendelenburg position, is usually quite complicated. The more or less complicated machinery necessary to change the position of the patient requires for its manipulation the attention of the operator himself or of an assistant, and not infrequently there is an uncomfortable hitch in its working. A more serious objection, however, is that if the patient is at a comfortable height for the operator when in the horizontal position, the field of operation is carried completely out of reach when the patient is changed to
BALDWIN JF. A NEW OPERATING TABLE.. JAMA. 1898;XXX(2):95-96. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440540041005