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July 9, 1910


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JAMA. 1910;55(2):127. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330020031012

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Because it is almost impossible for an assistant to hold the tongue down properly in operations on the throat, under general anesthesia, without being in the way of the operator, I have designed an instrument, of simple construction and easy to adjust, which keeps the tongue out of the field of operation. The objection to similar instruments now on the market lies in the impossibility of removing the tongue-depressor without taking out the mouth-gag also. This is important, as conditions may arise during an operation which necessitate the immediate removal of the tongue-depressor.

The mouth-gag is the well-known Stubbs-Murdock model, to which I have attached the tongue-depressor, working on a swivel joint, which accommodates it to the base of the tongue, so hard for an assistant to hold down. As seen in the illustration a set-screw is fastened to the lower teeth-plate which controls and fastens the tongue-blade at

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