Invention: portable receptacle support
Bessie Blount, was a physical therapist who worked with soldiers injured in W.W.II. Bessie Blount's war service inspired her to patent a device, in 1951, that allowed amputees to feed themselves.
The electrical device allowed a tube to deliver one mouthful of food at a time to a patient in a wheelchair or in a bed whenever he or she bit down on the tube. She later invented a portable receptacle support that was a simpler and smaller version of the same, designed to be worn around a patient's neck.
Bessie Griffin - Bessie Blount Bessie Blount was born in Hickory, Virginia in 1914. She moved from Virginia to New Jersey where she ... inventors.about.com