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During the process of suturing I have been frequently very much annoyed by the needle unthreading. To obviate this difficulty I have had needles made with eyes differently formed from the ordinary, the object of this modification being to so join the suture material into the narrow part of the eye that it will not become unthreaded by reason of any ordinary traction and at the same time to so leave it that it can be readily loosened at the end of the suturing for the purposes of tying. The drawing presented will best show the modification made. It is possible that the same means has been previously resorted to, but not to my knowledge.
MARSH JP. A MODIFICATION OF THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE. JAMA. 1903;XLI(23):1413. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490420031004a