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The ligature reel herein described was designed to replace the glass containers, which are generally considered the most aseptic arrangement at present at our disposal. This reel has all the advantages that apply to the glass arrangement and some additional ones, namely, being of metal it insures against breakage and thus is never exposed to the danger of an accident to the ligature outfit. The durability of the metal box is also greater than that of a glass one. It is true that a glass box has a slight advantage over the metal one in appearance, and for that reason the glass container may still receive the preference in hospitals.
It is in portability that the metal ligature outfit comes in for its full measure of advantage over its rival, the glass outfit. When we are obliged to operate away from hospitals where we can not always judge the amount
SCHACHNER A. A NEW CARRIER FOR SUTURE MATERIAL.. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(3):214. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470290046029