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August 3, 1912


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Washington, D. C.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(5):369. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080051018

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When one considers how many instruments have been devised for the removal of tonsils it requires some temerity to offer a new one, but I have found the forceps illustrated below so very useful that I venture to offer it to the profession.

This forceps is angular, which enables the operator to grasp the tonsil in such a manner that his hand does not obscure the view of the field of operation. It is constructed so that the end does not bite a piece out of the tonsil but holds it firmly between the jaws, which enables the operator to make sufficient traction to pull the tonsil out of its bed, so that its outline can be readily determined. I had it made with a catch in the handle, so that when the tonsil is once grasped there is no chance of the grip on it being loosened.

When operating

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