Beware the RAC

A modern-day torture for physicians and hospitals

Menachem M. Meller, MD

The rack, popularized by Torquemada the Grand Inquisitor, was a device of orthopaedic torture. In it, the victim’s ankles were fastened at one end and his wrists at the other. The inquisitor could then twist a ratchet, pulling the ankles distally and the wrist proximally, thereby dismembering the victim.

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