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December 31, 1910

AN IMPROVED UTERINE CLAMP AND RETRACTOR

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SAN FRANCISCO

JAMA. 1910;55(27):2300. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330270022014

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Abstract

The clamp illustrated is one which I have devised, believing that it will serve the purpose for which it is intended better than any clamp heretofore available. I find it very useful in all eases in which it is desired to elevate and hold up the uterus. Being devoid of teeth it does not injure or macerate the parts. The curves of the instrument allow it to fit around the uterus and it is not in the way in operating on the uterus or append-ages from any side. In some cases it may be used as a retractor. The jaws of the instrument are bent so as to grasp and surround the neck of the uterus without in any way injuring it. The jaws being on a swivel are not apt to produce sufficient pressure to do damage.

I have used the instrument in abdominal hysterectomies, removal of the appendages, in operations for ovarian lesions, shortening of the

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