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Straitjacket - Cream Canvas, circa 1920s Object Reg. No: SH 850396

Straitjacket - Cream Canvas. Alternative Name(s): Straightjacket. Used in mental health hospital in Victoria Australia for restraining patients.
Hip-length, canvas straitjacket with long sleeves with the ends sewn into hip-level pockets. Opens right down the back and fastens by 4 canvas straps which thread into locking buckles. There is also a broad canvas belt sewn on in the front and secured at the back with 2 straps and buckles. Jacket has very stiff, double-layered round neck. Canvas is white. Not a large size.
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, uniforms, 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 1900
References: Stoller, R. & Emmerson, R. History of Medicine, Vol.3 No.1 1972.

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