The medical literature of the past two decades is well endowed with descriptions of various types of spine braces. The majority of these are quite adequate and are as comfortable as an appliance of this type is expected to be. The brace to be described is the result of modifications of previously described braces; thus I claim little originality. In 1937, Arnold1 described an efficient back brace. Using Arnold's brace as a pattern, I have made a number of modifications designed to increase the range of usefulness of the appliance and to increase patient comfort. In 1942, Baker2 described a brace that he used on patients with arthritis of the spine, and Williams3 described a brace for use in flexion management of low back conditions. Some of the ideas embodied in these two braces have been incorporated in the apparatus herein described.
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