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In many rectal and vaginal operations a shelf conveniently placed will save much time when the operator finds it necessary to lay down and pick up his needle-holder, scissors, thumb-forceps, etc., frequently.
This device weighs about 3½ pounds and hooks on the lower end of the operating-table after it has been dropped. Thumbscrews permit of adjustment near to the table or farther away.
After this had been made, I learned that Dr. E. B. Cragin of New York had used a similar device. In a letter he informs me that he has been using a shelf for about two years but has never described it in the journals.
Graham HF. SHELF FOR RECTAL AND VAGINAL OPERATIONS. JAMA. 1913;60(20):1537. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340200027015
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