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The accompanying illustration of a modification of the older gastro-enterostomy clamp is more or less self explanatory. The purpose of the shelf is simply to hold the bulging stomach away from the line of suturing, thus aiding in the actual performance of the gastro-enterostomy. For his aid in the design credit goes to Mr. Richard Grounds, who always has been cooperative in matters of this kind.
Mayo CW. GASTRO-ENTEROSTOMY CLAMP. JAMA. 1938;111(23):2105. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.72790490003008b
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