Article: PDF OnlyA Historical Perspective on Specialty Beds and Other Apparatus for Treatment of InvalidsLevine, Jeffrey M. Author Information Jeffrey M. Levine, MD, is a medical attending, Jewish Home and Hospital for Aged-Bronx Division, and Assistant Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics, the Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York. Advances in Wound Care 7(5):p 51-56, September 1994. Buy Abstract The bed environment and support surface have long been recognized as important in the care of the chronically ill. A review of specialty beds from the 19th and early 20th century was done from the collection of medical trade catalogs at the New York Academy of Medicine. It has been said “Past Is Prologue.” Whether or not this is true, examination of selected examples of these historical beds can provide an unique and interesting perspective on contemporary practice. © Williams & Wilkins 1994. All Rights Reserved.