Medicine: Automation for Invalids

Bedridden invalids may soon become self-sufficient with the aid of a new machine that enables them to get in and out of bed without help. Developed by an aircraft design engineer named Leslie L. Miller, the Auto-Nurse is a complicated arrangement of harness, pulleys and cables powered by a tiny (1/12 h.p.) electric motor with high gear ratio and operated from a master control in the patient's hand. By pressing a button, the invalid can raise himself gently and silently off the bed, move to left or right, or lower himself into a bedside wheelchair. The machine has safety features so...