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This document was on my web site about 18 years ago. The “History of Seating in the Western World” begins with Ancient Egypt and ends with ergonomics professionals.

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“A History of Seating in the Western World”

“A History of Seating in the Western World” is a research paper based on the Postgraduate Diploma in Ergonomics Research project performed by Kim Gurr under the supervision of Leon Straker, Physiotherapy, and Phillip Moore, Social Sciences, at the Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia. Unfortunately, Ms. Gurr died before finalizing her research.”

Anka with buttpillows - upside downFollowing are quotes from the above-mentioned research paper:

Seating is Important for Ergonomics

“Seating is an important issue for contemporary ergonomics.  Its frequent use by humans and its association with musculoskeletal disorders are just some of the reasons for its importance.”  

Ancient History of Seating

“To understand the place of seating in modern Western societies, it is useful to understand its history.”

Modern History of Western Seating

“This paper presents an overview of the ancient history of seating and the modern history of Western seating with…

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Author: Melanie Loomos

I was a court reporter for 10 years then became an inventor. I invented The Buttpillow® and was granted a patent called the "Pillow with Cantilever Supports." At the same time, I also submitted a patent application for "The Carpal Tunnel Chair," which I was advised I did not get. After R&D on The Buttpillow®, I submitted another patent application for the "Ergonomic Seating Cushion" was filed and later amended to include an embodiment for women during pregnancy. The USPTO granted the "Ergonomic Seating Cushion" patent in late 2002. Subsequently, in 2003, I also invented Ergosoft™ break reminder software to remind people to take breaks with an Ergo-Tip™ so people can identify and minimize ergonomic risk factors around them.

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