Adjustable bed rest, Europe, 1600-1750
This wooden bed rest could be used to support the back of a person who has been confined to bed for medical reasons. It has nine different positions and is adjusted using a ratchet – a ratchet is a set of teeth on the edge of the support bars which ensures the rest stays in the same position. This example is made from walnut and has a padded leather base.
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Glossary: bed rest
A support for a person in bed or confinement of a sick person to bed
The study and practice of caring for and waiting on the sick, injured, or others unable to look after themselves or to deal with their specific medical needs.