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I notice, in your issue for Sept. 15, the paper of Dr. Hard, in which he recommends a sharp, screwpointed instrument for removing broken catheters from the urethra. This cut represents an instrument which once helped me out of such a difficulty without the patient even knowing what had happened.
I had occasion to pass a soft rubber catheter, No. II, into the bladder of a colored man. After drawing his urine and attempting to withdraw the catheter, imagine my dismay at having it break off in the prostatic region. Without mentioning the fact, I immediately passed the urethral forceps, and easily securing a grasp upon the broken end, at once withdrew the fragment entire.
On another occasion, I was unfortunate enough to have a pledget of absorbent cotton slip off my applicator and remain in the cavity of the uterus. Again my alligator urethral forceps