Canvas and leather strait jacket, c 1930.

Canvas and leather strait jacket, c 1930.
3 3 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

Description

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, its use gradually declined in the 19th century as reformers campaigned for a more sympathetic approach to mental illnes.

Image Details

Image Ref.
 
10287395

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