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John T. Bate, M.D.
JAMA. 1957;165(2):153. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.72980200005009b.
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After the trial of several methods, over many years, of treating the acute back pain which usually starts as a catch or painful sensation when an individual who has bent over to pick something up (thus flexing the lumbar spine and hips while the knees are straight) starts to resume the erect position, I have been able to provide considerable immediate relief by a relatively inexpensive temporary support. This supports the lumbosacral region in a relatively straight position, thus embodying partially and temporarily the principle of the Williams low-back brace.

A wooden forearm splint of the type formerly widely used in the treatment of fractures of the bones of the forearm, made of a firm, soft type of wood (not yucca or basswood), 18 in. long, 4 in. wide, and 3/16 in. thick, is sawed into two equal lengths. To each end of one half of this board is attached


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