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To the Editor:
—Two bags of instruments, dressings, etc., and a small mahogany clock were stolen from my office three weeks ago. I have recovered one of the bags with many instruments, but they are not mine. It seems that somebody is gathering these for resale. I would suggest that if secondhand instruments are offered to any physician for sale, he should appear to be too busy to pass judgment at the time, regardless of the story told, but ask the person to return in an hour or two, and, retaining the instruments, in the meantime call an officer: all this, of course, to be modified according to circumstances. Perhaps a central reporting place for lost and found instruments would discourage theft. The owner of the instruments that I have may obtain them by calling at my office.
Manfort W. STOLEN SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS. JAMA. 1920;74(12):819. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620120045028