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January 7, 1956


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450 E. 63rd St. New York 21.

JAMA. 1956;160(1):76. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960360078022

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To the Editor:—  At one time or another every physician has had the need for a simple method of temporarily connecting or clipping certain things together. Although there are a wide variety of clipping gadgets available, nearly all have their limitations. Paper clips, bent straight pins, spring clothespins, metal clamps, safety pins, and even hair pins find their unorthodox way into the office and laboratory; a host of other commonly used household and workshop tools are also pressed into service and play important practical roles in the routine workday of most clinics and hospitals. During my Naval duty in the South Pacific, when improvisation became a fine art, I found that the clip used in the manufacture of ready-made bow ties had many uses not intended by the inventors. The standard tie clip in current use consists of an ingenious gadget constructed of four working parts stamped out of sturdy

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