This may have been used to support the back or to rest a limb on when a patient was confined to bed rest – either at home or in a hospital. The fine quality of the mahogany materials suggests it would only have been used by wealthier patients.
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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.
Glossary: orthopaedic support
A support for part of the human body such as the back or a leg