Excerpt from Gaillard's Medical Journal, Vol. 42: January to June, 1886
Partial self-suspension will also be found a most valuable means of correct ing the deformity in cases Of lateral curvature, if the operation is properly' performed.
This is effected by the patient having a leather collar passing under the chin and occiput, the straps passing from this up on either Side Of the head to an iron crossbar, secured by means Of a rope and pulley to a hook or beam in' the ceiling. The patient then raises the arms over the head to their fullest extent, and, seizing the rope in the hands, commences to climb up hand over hand until he gradually raises his heels from the ﬂoor, unless he Should feel uncomfortable before he has reached thus far. The toes, however, Should never leave the ground.
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