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December 28, 1912


JAMA. 1912;LIX(26):2314. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270130019009

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The accompanying pictures show the form of a curet the cutting edge of which is further removed from the shaft than in any curet at present made, so far as I know. I designed it for use in throats (1) in which the distance between the hard palate and the rostrum of the sphenoid is much greater than the average and (2) in which there is a considerable excavation of the space between the basilar process of the occiput and the atlas. When this space exists it may harbor a considerable amount of lymphoid tissue which cannot be removed by any of the curets of the usual form. The upright portion of this one is tilted backward to an angle of 120 degrees, which permits it to reach upward and backward into this space. In using it for this purpose I begin by holding the shaft against the upper incisors

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