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One end of the dissector (Fig. 1) is a retractor for the anterior pillar while applying forceps, and while inspecting the cavity from which the tonsil was removed. The other end is for dissecting out the tonsil. The edge is neither dull nor sharp, but rather an edge that is produced by the use of a fairly rough oilstone, and will cut when given a quick stroke with some pressure and will act as a dull dissector when used without much force.
The forceps (Fig. 2), from the nature of its action, buries itself deeply in the tonsillar tissue under all reasonable conditions. The forceps is laid against the tonsil with the jaws open, one jaw at the inferior end of the tonsil, the other jaw crowded up into the supratonsillar fossa, and then the jaws are pushed into the tonsil as the handle is locked.
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HURD LM. TONSIL DISSECTOR, TONSIL-GRASPING FORCEPS, TONSIL HEMORRHAGE CLAMP. JAMA. 1912;LIX(12):1146. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270090390079
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