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January 3, 1885


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JAMA. 1885;IV(1):12-13. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390760020001c

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Read before the Sacramento Society for Medical Improvement, Dec. 16, 1884.

To propose a new surgical pocket case may seem a very unnecessary proceeding, yet a glance at the catalogue of any large instrument maker shows that the best form has so far not been attained, for in no class of appliances, except perhaps the obstetric forceps, is the variety as great. Its name implies that it contains such instruments as may be required in minor surgery, arranged in the smallest bulk, so as to be readily carried with the minimum of inconvenience. In looking over the different models one must be struck by their singular unfitness for this object. The instruments are often clumsy and ill adapted for their purposes, the knives arranged in combinations dissimilar in ability, and articles are included which in practice are almost useless. No better instance of this can be cited than the British

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