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December 13, 1919

A HOME-MADE ORTHOPEDIC TABLE

JAMA. 1919;73(24):1841. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.26120500002011a

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Abstract

There is often need of an orthopedic table where the small volume of work does not justify the purchase of elaborate and expensive apparatus; the home-made table here illustrated will supply this need.

I made a small model in a few hours, and the table itself was constructed by the janitor of the Highland Park Hospital, chiefly from pieces of scrap piping. The illustrations demonstrate clearly the construction and application.

The patient being placed in position, the small steel cables are attached to the ankles, and traction is applied. The four padded leg supports are then dropped out of the way by simply pulling out the four pins with which they are transfixed.

The post supporting the sacral rest is made of slightly smaller piping, slides easily through the "four-way" fitting, and rests in the T socket below. In this way the post and saddle are simply lifted out when

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