Therapeutic bed with compressor, invention of J. Deryl Hart.

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  • In the late 1920s, J. Deryl Hart invented a variable pressure bed (or air mattress) to ease patient’s bed sores. Hart patented many of his inventions, which also included a pneumatic bed, an operating room supply table, and a surgical basin with a stand for support. Hart was chair of the Dept. of Surgery from 1930 to 1960. He came to Duke University in 1929 to help establish Duke Hospital departments.
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  • tch00008
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