Restraint Sheet for Mental Patient

Restraint Sheet for Mental Patient

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Description (Brief)
This heavy canvas human restraint is a straight jacket. Straight jackets have been used at least since the 18th century to immobilize psychiatric patients as a method of therapy, punishment, or to protect the patient and others from harm.
Currently not on view
Object Name
sheet, restraint
restraint, bed
Other Terms
sheet, restraint; Medicine
date made
ca 1900
Hooper, James M.
Physical Description
canvas (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 10 in x 19 in x 20 in; 25.4 cm x 48.26 cm x 50.8 cm
overall: 94 3/4 in x 36 5/8 in x 3/16 in; 240.665 cm x 93.0275 cm x.47625 cm
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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