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The need for a satisfactory mechanical head-rest has been felt by all bronchoscopists. Radical operations on the sinuses, surgical intervention for cleft palate, dental extraction under general anesthesia and treatment of retropharyngeal
A new surgical head-rest.
abscesses are best performed with the head extended and lowered. Recently tonsillectomy in the head-low position has been favored because of increased safety and ease of operation.
The head-rest shown here, which is more efficient than an assistant in supporting the head at a required level, is manipulated by means of a vertical worm screw and a handle below. The plate which supports the head is always parallel to the ordinary operating table, to which it is attached, and may be retracted toward or extended from it. Lateral movement is easy and smooth. The extremity of the plate is curved up, thus providing a support for the brow in maintaining
RUSK HS. A NEW SURGICAL HEAD-REST. Arch Otolaryngol. 1935;21(6):721. doi:10.1001/archotol.1935.00640020736012
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