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November 23, 1895


Author Affiliations

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Surgical Diseases of Joints, an Clinical Surgery, in the College of Physicians and Surgeons; Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Diseases of Joints, Chicago Policlinic. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1895;XXV(21):898-901. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430470018002f

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The brace that I wish to describe and exhibit, is one that I have designed and adopted for mechanical support of the middle region of the spine; the range of its greatest utility being the support of the spinal column between the middle of the lumbar and the middle of the dorsal regions, although its usefulness is not strictly confined to these limits. Inasmuch as the greater number of diseases of the spinal column requiring mechanical fixation occur within this region, its usefulness will be comparatively great if found to be an efficient brace.

In its simplest form the brace consists of a steel frame, a rigid chest pad and two aprons. The chest pad is adjusted in contour to fit the upper anterior portion of the chest. The pad should be in length about three times its width and adjusted transversely, resting immediately below the sterno-clavicular articulations. Its real

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