Orthopedics: The Custom-Tailored Chair

"The sign of hospitality in America," said the visiting Danish physician, "is an uncomfortable chair." The University of Copenhagen's Dr. Egill Snorrason hastened to add that much the same is true in Europe. Chairs, he complained, have traditionally been designed for show, with little or no regard to their effects on the sitter's back. From the hard, right-angled church pew at one extreme, to the overstuffed club chair at the other, he told a Yale-New Haven Medical Center forum last week, most chairs fail to give support where it is most needed: in the lower back.

As a result, said...

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