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April 4, 1903


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Surgeon to Good Samaritan Hospital. LEBANON, PA.

JAMA. 1903;XL(14):917. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490140031003a

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I would like to give your readers the benefit of an idea that I picked up in Paris last summer at Professor Thiery's clinic. It is a little clamp, invented by Thiery to take the place of superficial sutures, which saves time in closing incisions after operations and prevents troublesome stitch abscesses.

The clamp itself is a narrow strip of soft non-corrosive metal 1¼ cm. in length, the ends curled and armed with little spurs. The two skin surfaces to be united are held in apposition between thumb and forefinger and the clamp, held in the grasp of a heavy claw-tipped dressing forceps, is pressed lightly against the adapted edges and pinched on with slight pressure. The little instrument bends easily, and the points enter the skin, holding the edges firmly together. They should be removed on the fourth day. For this an ordinary small hemostatic forceps

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