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August 5, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(6):403. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510060039005

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The accompanying cut shows a most satisfactory pair of forceps for general and special surgical work. They have been used at the Columbia Hospital for many years and have heretofore been made to order by instrument makers, but do not appear in any instrument catalogue nor have they ever been described, as far as I know. These forceps are valuable in pelvic work, especially in intestinal surgery, as they will not easily puncture the intestine as will rat-tooth forceps. In fact, they are like the delicate finger touch which permits handling without injury. The arms open widely above the teeth, allowing plenty of space for grasping sponges or larger portions of muscle or fat, or the handling of any organ within the abdomen. They are six inches in length, but longer forceps can be made as ordered.

Apocynum Cannabinum.  —In malarial conditions with torpid liver, in jaundice, in all cases

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