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February 28, 1986

The Pelvic Connection: Intern's Neck Cured by Walking Crashcart

JAMA. 1986;255(8):1019-1020. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370080041018

To the Editor.—  I read with great interest Dr Cilley's1 letter concerning "intern's neck." I well remember suffering from that malady when I was a house officer. Fortunately, I hit upon a solution that relieved the symptoms somewhat without having to wait for advancement to a higher postgraduate-year level: by designing cloth pockets that would accept my diagnostic equipment and putting belt loops on these pockets, I was able to create a "utility belt" of diagnostic instruments, which I wore around my waist.It gave me a somewhat bloated appearance, but my pelvic girdle was clearly better suited for carrying this much weight than was my pectoral girdle. As a dividend, all of my instruments were readily available in emergencies (I was more than once referred to as a "walking crashcart") and I never lost a single instrument to theft, despite the fact that I trained at a notorious