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May 7, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(19):1643. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.27320450004011e

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Various contrivances have been devised to support the head in the face-downward position necessary for the surgical exposure of the cerebellum. Finding all of them with which I was familiar to be either too complicated or not sufficiently adaptable, I explained their defects to Mr. G. F. Linde of the Scanlon-Morris Company, who devised the head rest which I now have. The suggestion of several of my friends that its principle might be generally useful has prompted me to publish this brief note.

Essentially, the head rest consists of a steel supporting frame, with brackets fitting over the side rails of an operating table, to which is attached a horseshoe shaped cupped steel rest. The rest is molded to fit the face and forehead comfortably, and the slotted opening allows the anesthetist free access to the mouth and nose of the patient. In these respects the head rest differs little