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Balkan frame

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An overhead quadrilateral framework that fits over the bed.

Description

An overhead quadrilateral framework that fits over the bed. Suspended from the frame and connected through ropes and pulleys are weights used to produce desired continuous traction while permitting freedom of motion thus maintaining desired immobilisation of the parts being treated.

It was named so because it was used by Borchgrevink during the Balkan wars of the 19th century. It was later improved upon by others, but stille retains the name Balkan Frame.

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