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The following is a description of the metabolism bed that we have used during the past two years. It is very simple and comfortable and gives excellent results. For this reason it is described.
The bed proper is one in general use in New York. It is made of iron, with a movable spring mattress, which may be raised or lowered at the head or foot (Fig. 1). During experimental periods the foot of the mattress is lowered at a decided angle as shown in the picture. A stout frame, made of half-inch gas-pipe, 16 inches wide and 3½ feet long, is allowed to rest on the mattress at the head of the bed and is fastened firmly to the bars so that it will not slip toward the foot. Below, the frame is suspended by straps or tape to the sides of the crib so that the foot is
HOWLAND J, COOKE RA. A METABOLISM BED FOE INFANTS. Am J Dis Child. 1911;II(6):419-421. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1911.04100120052004