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Do we have any information on the rough period when Hippocrates invented this bench? The reason I ask is because I am wondering what it might be relative to the invention of another device which he may have also invented. This history of inversion article makes this claim:
400 BC:Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, hoists up a patient on a ladder with a series of ropes and pulleys to harness the force gravity in an effort to stretch his patients and relieve their ailments.
There is a picture of this here. I am looking for other ways to confirm the information. But it makes me wonder: depending on when these therapeutic traction approaches were invented, could one have inspired the other? Knowing which came first via finding out the date of the bench (assuming the 400bc date for the ladder is right) would be critical. I am not sure what to call this other device (Hippocratic ladder?). Y12J (talk) 01:36, 21 March 2012 (UTC)