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June 1, 1912


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JAMA. 1912;LVIII(22):1671-1672. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060020005

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For a number of months I have been using, with complete satisfaction, a simple device for transferring unconscious patients, very heavy patients, very ill patients and patients with drainage, from the operatingtable to their beds, and from one room to another in the hospital.

Because I would be loath to return to former methods and because it might be of interest to others, I venture to present illustrations and a brief description, fully realizing that such a method may have been thought of and even used by others, though I have no knowledge of its previous existence.

It consists of a leaf of sheet iron, as long as the stretcher, and 9 or 10 inches wide, which is attached to the side of the stretcher by strong hinges much after the fashion of the hind gate of a wagon. When the free margin is raised and securely placed on the

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