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In seeking a hemostat some years ago which was suitable for goiter surgery, the one marked "old style" in the accompanying illustration was designed and manufactured for our use. It was necessary to have this type of hemostat especially manufactured, as there was no snap on the market with a sufficiently sharp point for plunging them into the thyroid gland and at the same time possessing transverse stamping extending from the top to the heel of the jaws of the clamps. These hemostats have been employed in the clinic for years with great satisfaction, with the exception that catgut ties as they are passed about the handle of the hemostat and pulled downward toward its tip frequently catch in the fissure made by the open joint where the two limbs of the forceps are locked with a screw.
To overcome this difficulty, the forceps shown in the illustration
Lahey FH. A HEMOSTAT FOR GOITER SURGERY. JAMA. 1927;89(11):883. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.92690110001017
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