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February 4, 1911

AN IMPROVED TONSIL-KNIFE

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ALLIANCE, O.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(5):346. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560050032011

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Abstract

In this day of development of the comparatively new operation of tonsillectomy, an instrument which simplifies the operation or hastens its completion, is of advantage to the profession.

I have devised for the purpose of quickly and more easily enucleating tonsils a knife of small size with both angles sharp, as shown in the illustration. Its small size assists very greatly in its manipulation within the mouth. It can be used with dispatch for dissecting in almost any direction and is usually the only knife I find necessary in preparing for the snare, and it can even be used with advantage to complete the enucleation of the tonsil either under local or general anesthesia.

It will be noticed that the distal end is patterned somewhat after Dr. Douglass' knife, with a probe point, but instead of this joining a straight handle, it joins at nearly a right angle, an equal

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