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January 30, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(5):346-347. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.26720310001009b

Fatigue and eyestrain that result from writing by hand on a board held against the chest, or from reading from a book held in the hand, are not only harmful in themselves but may seriously impair the morale of patients with chronic disease who must lie flat in bed for a long time. Provision of facilities for reading and writing with ease may well dispel much of the dread with which most patients face prolonged confinement in bed, and may furnish many possibilities for occupational therapy and contentment. On extensive inquiry I find that the devices described in this article are unknown to the medical profession at large and therefore justify this brief notice.

Typewriting may be as easily performed in the recumbent position as when sitting. A bedside table that is adjustable as to height and tilt (such as may be had at hospital supply stores) is put across