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A satisfactory method for supporting the patient during the performance of an encephalographic examination is necessary for its complete success; a single chair, even though adjustable, has not proved entirely satisfactory, in my experience, for the procedure in children. I have met this problem in the past year by adapting standard orthopedic apparatus to my own ends.
The Sayre head piece, commonly in use for head traction, is slipped onto the patient after he has been anesthetized. He is raised to sit cross legged, tailor fashion, on the table, his arms resting over a number of small pillows placed in his lap. The loops of the head piece are slipped over the horns of the steel spreader, which hangs by a double pulley from a ring in the ceiling beam. The assistant extends the head by tightening the rope to the desired degree of tension, then fastens the rope to