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June 28, 1913


Author Affiliations

Assistant in Ophthalmology, Stanford University Medical Department SAN FRANCISCO

JAMA. 1913;60(26):2043-2044. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340260017010

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It is without trepidation that we place before the profession a new tonsil-snare. While it is true that accuracy in marksmanship depends largely on "the man behind the gun," nevertheless, the modern rifle will hit the target more frequently than would the ancient musket. Likewise, while the skilful surgeon can perform an operation with instruments that are far from mechanically desirable, he can perform the same operation better and with greater facility with a more suitable instrument.

That the tonsil-snares now on the market are not altogether satisfactory is proved by the existence of the many varieties. The instrument which requires the least time and the fewest assistants in its manipulation is the most desirable.

The straight-line snares like the Farlow or Martin, and the numerous modifications, are perhaps the least satisfactory. Not being made on the lever principle, they depend on direct traction, which is usually augmented by a

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