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February 2015

The Multifarious Adirondack Chair

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  • 1School of Medicine, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(2):143. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.3755

In Northeastern New York State bordering the majestic Adirondack Mountains is the small town of Westport. In 1903, Thomas Lee, a resident of Westport, built a pine chair with a long sloping seat and wide armrests.1 He intended only to furnish his patio and build comfortable chairs for his family. However, he built what would eventually become the hallmark “Adirondack chair.” Lee did not know that this chair would serve as an icon of the Adirondacks for over a century, or serve a medical purpose in the years following its creation.

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