September 22, 1917


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JAMA. 1917;LXIX(12):998. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.25910390002016d

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I have been using Beck's tonsillectome with satisfaction for several years. However, I have had difficulty at times with the wire loops. It is annoying to have the wire slip out from under the set screw or slip through the hole in the stylet when it should be closing down behind the tonsil.

To obviate this difficulty I have devised a blade to take the place of the wire. The cutting edge is dull and rounded so that in effect it is much the same as a wire. It is held in place by a set screw which passes entirely through a hole in the blade; therefore it cannot slip. It is in reality a permanent, nonbreakable, "nonslippable" snare which never requires rethreading. I have used this instrument in a great many cases and find that it enucleates the tonsil thoroughly and completely in its capsule leaving a smooth clean

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