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The distinguishing features of the instruments shown in the accompanying illustrations are their sturdy construction and the fact that each instrument, as it rests on a flat surface, is raised up on one side by means of a projecting flange or pin, making it more easily grasped.
The needle holder (Fig. 1) was devised with a view of improving on present types of holders, in that the jaws are sufficiently heavy to withstand the strain in grasping heavy needles, and narrow enough to handle curved needles with a minimum of breakage. The illustration shows the general appearance of the instrument. It is finished in a permanent black so that it is always easily distinguished from other instruments. In order to facilitate the easy handling of the holder, I had the makers provide two well rounded right angle terminals to the shanks. Thus, when the instrument is placed on a flat
Printy EA. FOUR NEW GENERAL OPERATING INSTRUMENTS. JAMA. 1925;84(15):1115–1116. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.26620410002009c
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