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Having observed the use of the actual cautery in the hands of Dr. Jacobs of Brussels many years ago in making his initial incision for the total vaginal hysterectomy, I have recently applied the principle in submucous resection of the nasal septum with such uniformly good results that I now use it to the exclusion of all other methods in making the initial incision in this operation. The incision, as described in modern text-books, or any modification of that incision, can readily be made by the cautery electrode which at the usual heat quickly pierces to the cartilage and can be carried in any direction and to the desired extent, especially by previously bending the blade to suit the variety of septum under consideration. The particular technic will suggest itself to one familiar with work in this field and the use of the electric cautery.
The advantages in my hands
Smith FC. A USEFUL PROCEDURE IN SUBMUCOUS RESECTION OF THE NASAL SEPTUM. JAMA. 1912;LIX(3):197. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270070198013
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