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June 26, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(26):1980. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.26720520002006b

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The device here described and illustrated was developed with the idea of furnishing the physician a convenient, sterile and ever-ready combination for sewing up wounds. It embodies features of simplicity, efficiency and convenience that will afford increased skill and greater speed (from four to six stitches per minute), with better asepsis and less chance for contamination on the part of the operator. In caring for emergency wounds away from office or hospital, it lends itself to a high degree of convenience and safety.

To one arm of the needle holder-hemostat is attached a tank holding 300 inches of suture material; the suture is immersed in alcohol and contained within a removable glass vial. To the second arm of the needle holder-hemostat is attached a threader with two vises that will automatically thread the needle and then anchor the suture material to the needle's eye. On and below the grip-jaws of

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