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Straitjacket - Laced, Cream, Circa 1920 Object Reg. No: SH 850403

Summary:
Straitjacket - Laced, Cream, Circa 1920. Alternative Name(s): Straightjacket. Used in mental health hospital in Victoria Australia for restraining patients.
Description:
Cream, thigh-length, canvas straitjacket with long sleeves. Ends of sleeves are sewn into hip-level pockets. It opens right down the back and fastens by 6 pairs of brass eyelets with rope laced through. There is also a broad canvas belt, sewn on in front and secured at the back by rope through 2 pairs of eyelets (1 eyelet missing). Jacket has very stiff, double-layered, round collar.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 93.00 cm (Height), 62.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: psychiatric hospitals, hospitals, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Medicine in Society Collection, Psychiatric Services Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Clinical
Tertiary Classification: restraints
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, Circa 1920
References: Stoller, R. & Emmerson, R. History of Medicine, Vol.3 No.1 1972.

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