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This instrument is to open abscesses in the laryngopharynx. The angle of the handle with the shank is 135 degrees, so that when the instrument is inserted in the pharynx the cutting edge of the blade presents itself against the anterior of the deeper anatomic parts. The knife itself is bellied near the tip to facilitate the opening of the abscess. This knife can be used with the patient in either the sitting or the lying position with the same advantages.
I had this knife made for me about twelve months ago, and have found it simple, practical and efficient for this purpose.
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Smith IR. A NEW INSTRUMENT FOR OPENING ABSCESSES IN THE LARYNGOPHARNYX. JAMA. 1922;79(16):1335. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.26420160001019a