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The instrument which I have devised and which is here illustrated is intended to protect the viscera during operations. It is made of heavy block tin, is about eight inches in length and consists of two spoons of different sizes, having their concavities facing in opposite directions and connected by an isthmus that runs obliquely. The larger spoon is four inches long and one-half inch in depth, the smaller one being about half that size. The instrument is now in use at Merey Hospital, Chicago, and has proved a practical device.
O'SHEA D. A VISCERA SPOON. JAMA. 1909;LIII(17):1396. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550170048002d
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