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Canvas and leather strait jacket, c 1930.

Canvas and leather strait jacket, c 1930.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm


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

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