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A woman in an iron lung reads a book using a mouthstick.
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Title: Mouthstick Page Turning From Iron Lung
Original caption: The effective method pictured at left is so deceptively simple it could be overlooked. The secret is the rubber across the book, combined with a section of loose pages, for easy turning with a mouthstick.
Juanita Pusateri, Three Rivers, Calif. contributed this simple solution. The book is held securely from top to bottom by two heavy rubber bands, cut from inner tubes. It is supported at the bottom by a molding strip. The bands are put on by disengaging one side of the mirror bracket.
Variation: The portions of the rubber bands which cross the reading area may be replaced by acetate film strips.
Creator: n/a
Date: 1962
Format: Photograph
Publication: Toomey J Gazette
Source: Gazette International Networking Institute
Location: vol.5, no.1, p.26
Keywords: Assistive Technology; California; Disease; Inventions; Mouthstick; Physical Disability; Polio; Respirator; Self Help; Technology & Equipment
Topics: Physical Environment; Science, Health & Technology
Funding Support Provided By: NEC Foundation of America