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July 15, 1916

The Prone Trendelenburg Position

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New Orleans.

JAMA. 1916;LXVII(3):231. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590030073023

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To the Editor:  —In performing proctectomy following coccygectomy, with or without partial sacrectomy, the patient is placed prone in the shape of an inverted V, the buttocks at the apex. This position is usually, but erroneously I believe, called the reverse Trendelenburg. I am writing to suggest that it be called the prone Trendelenburg, a name which more accurately describes the relation of the two positions—one supine, the other prone.

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