Canvas and leather strait jacket, c 1930.

Image number: 10287397

Canvas and leather strait jacket, c 1930.

The strait jacket, or strait waistcoat, was first described in 1772 in a textbook by David Macbride (1726-1778). Employed both as a restraint as well as for treatment, it's use gradually declined in the 19th century as reformers campaigned for a more sympathetic approach to mental illness.

Image number:
10287397
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:39
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