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January 8, 1916


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Dayton, Ohio

JAMA. 1916;LXVI(2):113. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.25810280001019a

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This knife was worked out by Dr. D. F. Reeder of Ancon Hospital, Canal Zone, and myself, during our term of service with the United States government in the eye, ear, nose and throat department of that institution. The desire for such an instrument came about at the time that might well be termed the evolution in tonsil surgery, namely, the substitution of tonsillectomy for tonsillotomy. We were more than 2,000 miles from medical centers, and had read of Dr. Ballenger's sharp dissection method with scalpels and various other methods of complete enucleation. A Ballenger's knife was procured, but was not entirely satisfactory in that we felt the need of a concave cutting edge more than a convex; hence the double edged knife as shown in the accompanying illustration. With this instrument it is possible to remove completely by sharp dissection every type of tonsil that we encounter. It is

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