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About five years ago a description appeared in The Journal of a new operating table which I had devise after several years of study. Daily use of the table demonstrated, however, the existence of two or three weak points, which have finally been eliminated, and several new features have been added, and now the table seems to be about perfect.
The main points of the table, as first presented, and which are retained, are: 1. Simplicity of construction. 2. The field of operation not changing when the patient is put in the Trendelenburg position. 3. The position of the patient quickly and easily changed by the anesthetist. 4. The patient maintained in the Trendelenburg position by shoulder straps, or (as I prefer) by tying the legs to the leg-piece.
The recent improvements add the following points: 5. The leg-extension-piece automatically drops to the proper angle when the patient is placed
BALDWIN JF. A NEW OPERATING TABLE.REVISED AND IMPROVED. JAMA. 1906;XLVI(11):803. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510380041004
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