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I have for some time felt the necessity for a needle holder which would give easy access to the deeper and less accessible cavities of the body, for example, the pelvis, the cardiac portion of the stomach in certain gall bladder and other cases, more especially in subjects having much adipose and muscular tissue. At the same time I desired a strong needle holder for purposes of general utility and one in which the closed hand on the handle would not in any way obscure the operator's field of vision.
The usual holder often fails to secure the needle firmly when tissues of any degree of resistance are encountered. More particularly does this obtain should the needle be a trifle dull. Several types of holder break the needle if too firmly closed.
Bearing the above in mind, I have had a pistol grip or angular needle holder made which consists
CANNADAY JE. A NEW NEEDLE HOLDER.. JAMA. 1906;XLVI(3):195. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510300029004