In operating in rectal cases, or on the pelvis through the vagina, the assistance afforded by the ordinary leg— holders is considerable even when one has trained assistants at hand. The leg-holders of Kelly and Robb drag too much on the neck. I have tried to shift the drag to the shoulders by passing a sash-like band from each shoulder to the opposite side under the arm, but this produces too much pressure on the chest and interferes more or less with the breathing.
I have had made, therefore, an arrangement of canvas bands which shifts all the weight to the shoulders and leaves the chest free. It can be made easily by the nurse at a nominal cost.
A band is made about three inches wide for each side. They are arranged to buckle over the shoulders and under the axillæ quite loosely. Between the shoulders they are