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All forceps are intended to grasp the tonsil parallel with its long diameter, a procedure which is often difficult. The forceps here described are intended to grasp the tonsil across the short diameter, which is always easy. The grasping blades are so shaped and toothed that they take a firm hold and do not tear out. When the jaws are opened to the fullest extent they occupy no more space in the fauces than when opened just a little, which is in marked contrast to other forms of forceps.
When the jaws are closed they lock firmly. If one suddenly desires to remove the forceps, the little button near the two rings is touched, and the coiled spring instantly throws open the jaws. If one desires to use the tonsillotome he can pass the forceps through the ring before grasping the tonsil.
CLARK EE. NEW TONSIL-SEIZING FORCEPS. JAMA. 1909;LII(23):1834. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420490030003d
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