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September 30, 1911


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JAMA. 1911;LVII(14):1131. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260090353019

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With a view to combining the good points of three instruments in one, for enucleating the faucial tonsil, I have devised the serssors here illustrated. They present these features:

1. These cutting edge of one blade is serrated and the other smooth; this facilitates the cutting of soft, slippary tissue.

2. The outer edge of each blade is wave-like it outline and beleved to a dull knife edge; this serves as a dessector. By inserting the closed seissors between the tonsil and pillar and then opening them forciby at four or five points, the tonsil is rapidly exposed and prepared for the snare. The latter may be omitted and the operation completed with the seissors if desirable.

3. The closed seissors may be used as an Allport's or Swan's wave-edge knife for enucleating the tonsil.

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