Treatment of fractures of the spine.
About this work
After the opening intertitle, a naked male patient is seen laying on his front with his back arched back. An intertitle says 'Schnek's method of local anesthesia in fractures of the vertebral bodies'; line drawings illustrate this. Case I is a naked male wearing a plaster of Paris body brace. The affected vertebra are drawn on the plaster. The patient turns around and squats down. More drawings follow. Case II illustrates another compression fracture; a patient appears as before. Active rehabilitation is encouraged and both the patients practise for the camera. One lifts a 35kg bag and places it on his head; the other lifts 40kg. In strengthening the abdominal muscles; one patient stands on the other's stomach AND places the 40kg weight on his head! Case I; the man has recovered and demonstrates his strength (he is naked). He picks up patient II and balances him on his shoulders. Case II also demonstrates his stength on gymnasium rings. There are two slow motion sequences which complete the film; one patient uses chairs as a vaulting horse and then does a forward and backward flip. 1 segment.