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April 19, 1913

AN AUTOMATIC LIGATURE-PASSING FORCEPS

JAMA. 1913;60(16):1226. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340160028015

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Abstract

This instrument is designed for the passing of ligatures through any structure desired to be ligated and removed, but particularly for those situated deply in the pelvis where it is difficult to use the needle or one of the ordinary ligature-passing devices.

The great advantage and the additional factor for safety from crushing the tissue of any structure before ligating. as suggested and practiced Dr. Murphy, become evident to us all. In this instrument I have successfully combined the crushing and ligature-passing features, so that with one application of the forceps the pedicle is crushed and the ligature passed and left in position to tie.

The modus operandi is simple. A ligature is laid in the groove in the lower blade and the ends fastened in the catch of the handle, or held by the fingers of the right hand as the forceps is

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